By JULIE TAKAHASHI, SportsRadio 610

Houston (CBS Houston)– Gary Kubiak took out a full page ad in the Houston Chronicle Sunday thanking the fans, the city of Houston and the Texans organization for their support throughout these eight seasons.

Kubiak, 52, was hired in 2006 and led this franchise to their first postseason run twice in 2011-12. But it was the 11th straight loss in the 2013 season or it was being swept by the Jaguars with 27-20 loss to Jacksonville on Thursday night or bringing in Matt Schaub again and falling short that ended his tenure with the Texans organization.

Kubiak released a statement to the team thanking them and to the organization for giving him his first head coaching job in the NFL.

“I want thank the players and coaches for all the work they have put in during my years with the Texans. Though we came up short this season, the work, effort and sacrifice they gave me and this organization over the last eight seasons is not to be taken for granted. I want to wish them all the best.”

Those who had the opportunity to meet Kubiak always begin with, “He’s a great guy, he’s a class act.” And his final actions solidified that.

You hate to see people lose their jobs but change is a good thing and in this circumstance deemed necessary. All you can hope for is that this change won’t be in vain and that Texans owner Bob McNair continues to look at everyone in the organization that has underperformed and to bring in the best replacements to lead this franchise. Not the easiest, not the safest, not even the nicest, but the best.

Follow Julie Takahashi on Twitter: @Julie_Takahashi



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