By JULIE TAKAHASHI, SportsRadio 610
(Photo by Thomas B.  Shea/Getty Images)

(Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

Houston (CBS Houston)– By now you know that the Houston Texans fired Gary Kubiak Friday morning but the question remains who will lead this franchise in 2014?

Houston Chronicle and SportsRadio 610’s John McClain joined, ‘In The Loop with Nick and Lopez’ Monday morning to discuss his thoughts on the release and where the team will look next.

“I wasn’t surprised at all,” McClain said on the firing. “They’re going to have a long list of candidates. Last time I believe they interviewed six or seven so I’m sure they’ll interview many starting with Lovie Smith. Simply because Lovie is not working right now and plus the fact that he’s going to get a lot of interest.”

The Texans are on an 11-game skid and some think it was the embarrassing 27-20 loss at Jacksonville that did Kubiak in and McClain explained that interim coach Wade Phillips will receive a chance to to get an interview.

“Wade (Phillips) will get an interview,” McClain said. “If they sweep these last three games, blow everybody out and they’re great on both sides of the ball that would enhance his chances. All Bob (McNair) has said is that Wade will get an interview.”

McNair said Friday on the franchise, “We’re here to have a winning culture and this year has not contributed to that.” Many names have been thrown out by NFL pundits and fans as to who will be the possible candidates and McClain was quick to squash a few of those names.

“I can tell you who it’s not going to be,” McClain said. “It’s not going to be (Mike) Shanahan, it’s not going to be Jon Gruden and it’s not going to be Tom Cable. Shanahan will not be a coach here. Do not even remotely worry about it. They want to start over on offense. You can take the same players and change the system.”

In The Loop asked about the highly coveted head coach at Stanford, David Shaw.

“Everybody will call David Shaw,” McClain said. “He’s the hottest coach in college football after a nine-year NFL career as an assistant. But everybody says he’s comfortable at Stanford and doesn’t want to leave, we’ll see.”

These last 3 weeks of the season will be a great test to see these players playing for either jobs with the Texans or future employers around the league.

Follow Julie Takahashi on Twitter: @Julie_Takahashi



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