Players Support Their Coach

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Whenever players are asked about coach Gary Kubiak possibly being fired after the season, they leap to his defense.

Owner Bob McNair said recently that Kubiak would be evaluated after the season, like everyone else in the organization. At the time, McNair said change is disruptive, that he doesn't want to fire his coach and that he believes the Texans have a better chance of being real good in 2010 with Kubiak than a new coach.

During the four-game losing streak, Kubiak's job security was a topic of weekly conversation. Before and after Sunday's 34-7 victory over Seattle, players went public with their desire to have Kubiak return for his fifth season.

Receiver Andre Johnson, the Texans' best and most respected player, was the first of the prominent players to speak out on Kubiak's behalf. Johnson said last week that Kubiak shouldn't be fired, and the players should shoulder the blame for a poor record.

After the Seattle game, defensive end Mario Williams and strong safety Bernard Pollard told media and fans that the players wanted Kubiak back.

"I don't want another coach here," Williams said after registering two sacks. "I love Kubiak to death. I think he's a great coach. I definitely don't want to see (anyone) different."

Pollard played his first three seasons with Kansas City and started in the last two. He was waived in the final roster reduction because the new regime under Todd Haley told him it wanted to go in another direction.

"I've seen change, and you don't want change here," Pollard said.

Although McNair will wait to say something officially, expect him to stick with Kubiak for a fifth season.

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