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Houston (CBS Houston)– The Houston Texans fans, city and organization have suffered through years of mediocrity but this 2013 season was one beyond .500, it was beyond eeking into the playoffs and only sliding by the Bengals again, this league-worst (2-11) season has been a colossal embarrassing mess.

And apparently Texans owner Bob McNair does not like being embarrassed.

McNair released head coach Gary Kubiak Friday morning after the Texans endured their 11th consecutive loss.

“This has been a very disappointing year for the Texans organization,” McNair said. “We started out with such high hopes. We felt like that we had the best roster that we’ve ever started the year with and we really, really anticipated a very favorable outcome. To have this string of losses that we sustained is just totally unacceptable and it’s not what this organization is about. We’re about winning and accountability.”

There were many factors: being swept by the Jacksonville Jaguars, the atrocious quarterback choices throughout the season and their franchise record of penalties Thursday night for the entire nation to witness.

“I think the last straw was losing. We’ve got a lot better talent than Jacksonville and to have them beat us twice, that’s to their credit,” McNair said. “They played harder. They played smarter. That’s not acceptable to us, to have some team beat us on that basis. If they’re better than we are, if they have better ability than we do, then fine. We expect to go out and play hard and play smart and we didn’t play smart.”

They didn’t play smart or disciplined. And the lack of discipline will always reflect on the coaching staff.

But it’s a STAFF.

Change can be good natural process and in this case it deemed necessary, but as Bob McNair sat next to General Manager Rick Smith I couldn’t help but think, why?

“This is not a long-term rebuilding process. I want to make that clear,” McNair said. “We’ve got core players who are outstanding players and we still need to fill a few holes. We had some injuries that hurt us in key positions, in terms of leadership on the field. We have some things that we need to do but we’ve still got a good core group of players that can make for an outstanding team.”

It worries me that McNair might think Rick Smith supplied all the right players to go on this ‘Great Super Bowl of 2013 Run’ but then what happened with Matt Schaub? Was he the right guy? Who was behind the Ed Reed signing? Why aren’t there sufficient players to fulfill injuries on the field, ie. Brian Cushing?

Let’s forget those questions for a bit. And check out Smith’s drafting stats.

In 2007, Rick Smith’s first draft pick was Amobi Okoye, #10 Overall
Currently Duane Brown is the ONLY 2007 and 2008 draft class player on the roster.

Here are the players drafted under Rick Smith:
2007: Amobi Okoye, Jacoby Jones, Fred Bennett, Brandon Harrison, Brandon Frye, Kasey Studdard, Zac Diles
2008: Duane Brown, Antwaun Molden, Steve Slaton, Xavier Adibi, Frank Okam, Dominique Barber, Alex Brink
2009: Brian Cushing, Connor Barwin, Antoine Caldwell, Glover Quinn, Anthony Hill, James Casey, Brice McCain, Troy Nolan
2010: Kareem Jackson, Ben Tate, Earl Mitchell, Darryl Sharpton, Garrett Graham, Sherrick McManis, Shelley Smith, Trindon Holliday, Dorin Dickerson
2011: J.J. Watt, Brooks Reed, Brandon Harris, Rashad Carmichael, Shiloh Keo , T.J. Yates , Derek Newton, Cheta Ozougwu
2012: Whitney Mercilus, DeVier Posey, Brandon Brooks, Ben Jones, Keshawn Martin, Jared Crick, Randy Bullock, Nick Mondek
2013: DeAndre Hopkins, D.J. Swearinger, Brennan Williams, Sam Montgomery, Trevardo Williams, David Quessenberry, Alan Bonner, Chris Jones, Ryan Griffin

Let’s hope the accountability and fresh new moves don’t end at the head coach. Because as Rick Smith said today:
“What’s taken place with this organization is unacceptable, we’ve got three weeks of an evaluation process left and we’ve got to right the ship.”

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