Now or Never for Gary Kubiak

Fans were a bit surprised when Bob McNair, the owner of the Houston Texans, decided to retain the services of head coach Gary Kubiak.

Since McNair has brought back Kubiak, fans will be clamoring even more for a deep playoff run for the young franchise. With the players that are returning along with the ones that have recently signed (and could sign) there is no reason to think they will not make the post season.

The offense has developed into one of the most well rounded ones in the league. The emergence of former Tennessee Volunteer running back Arian Foster gave the team the running game that it has sorely needed (seventh overall in 2010).

However, one of the keys to that success has yet to commit to returning to the team, free agent fullback Vonta Leach. Kubiak has put in a call to Leach in hopes of encouraging him to stay with the Texans.

"With the head coach involved, hopefully it'll make the job easier to get him signed with Houston,” said Ralph Vitolo, Leach’s agent.

Should the Texans need to air it more to take pressure off of Foster, that will not be a problem either. Quarterback Matt Schaub returns to lead one of the best passing games in the NFL along with wide receiver Andre Johnson. Punt returner and wide receiver Jacoby Jones has resigned with the team as well.

Local college football fans will recognize one of the team’s undrafted free agents, Terrence Tolliver from LSU. Tolliver had a field day against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl last season catching five balls for 112 yards and three touchdowns. As much as they hated what he did then, they will hope that he can do that on Sundays this fall.

"They said I was the No. 1 guy they were after, and they were the No. 1 team I wanted to play for," Toliver said. "They haven't been to the playoffs, and I want to be a part of a team on the rise."

Fans of the Texans know that for their team to have any hopes of making the post season the defense is going to have to improve by leaps and bounds. There is hope that new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips can get the unit to do just that.

Phillips may be in over his head if the team does not get some experience—and talent—in the secondary. Rumor has it that the Texans could actually be the frontrunner to sign Nnamdi Asomugha from the Oakland Raiders. They are working hard on a deal for Johnathan Joseph from the Cincinnati Bengals as well.

To bring back Kubiak took a lot of faith on McNair’s part that he [Kubiak] could get the job done. Now that the 2011 season is ready to start it’s time to see if McNair was right in doing so or if he should have listened to the fan base.
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