HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON)- Gary Kubiak will have a different vantage point for the Texans match-up against the Raiders on Sunday. Kubiak is expected to be cleared by his doctors to coach but it will likely be from the top level of Reliant Stadium.
“I might be in the press box, but I think I am good to go,” Kubiak said at his Friday press conference.
Kubiak has been away from the Texans sidelines since his “mini-stroke” at the end of the first half of Houston’s week 9 match-up with Indianapolis. Kubiak was anxious to get back after seeing his team continue a franchise worst seven game losing skid in his absence. The change of view is to help limit the stress level and Kubiak understands the doctor’s wishes.
“If that’s what they want me to do I’ll do it,” Kubiak said.”It’s calm up there, it’s quiet, just a different way of looking at the football game.”
While Kubiak agreed with his doctor’s wishes that the press box may be a less stressful environment, some of the Texans players may not agree with that sentiment.
“It might even be more stressful up in the press box,” Defensive End Antonio Smith said. “You can’t grab somebody and say something to him. You can’t get your frustrations out, he’s going to be up in the press box steaming.”
Center Chris Myers agrees with the precautionary measure to have Kubiak upstairs.
“I think any precaution you can take in his situation is a good one,” Myers said. “He’s always going to make his mark…whether he is calling from press box or the sidelines he’ll be the same guy”
Kubiak mentioned that defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will have the red challenge flag, but Kubiak will decide if it gets thrown.
“I’ll be hollering throw it or don’t throw it, but he’ll have it,” Kubiak said.
The press box is a vantage point he is familiar with, but one that he hasn’t seen since his time as Denver’s offensive coordinator in the 90’s. Kubiak mentioned one of the benefits of being upstairs.
“You don’t hear everybody hollering at you I guess,” Kubiak joked. “That’s probably an advantage.”
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