(HOUSTON) — The Houston Texans have fired head coach Gary Kubiak, the team announced Friday.
Houston (2-11) came into the 2013 season expected to contend for the Super Bowl. They started the season 2-0, but have lost a franchise-record 11 straight game since then. Their latest setback came at the hands of the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night.
The 52-year-old Kubiak coached the Texans for eight seasons, guiding them to a 61-64 record. He was the fourth longest-tenured coach in the NFL before he was let go.
Another issue for Kubiak this season was his health. He suffered a “mini-stroke” on Nov 3. while walking off the field at halftime of their 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He returned to the team after missing one game.
Wade Phillips will serve as the interim head coach until Texans owner Bob McNair can find a permanent replacement.
Kubiak is the first NFL head coach to be fired this season.
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Jill Martin, CNN