With both heading into the final years of their respective contracts, the Texans have extended both Head Coach Gary Kubiak and GM Rick Smith, through 2014 and 2016 respectively. Both have, at various times in their tenure in Houston, had people call for them to be fired as the Texans were missing the playoffs every season and perennially underachieving.
However, after the Texans made the playoffs last season with a 10-6 record and made it to the NFL’s final 8, it appears all is forgiven. They accomplished that last season despite losing Matt Schaub and Mario Williams midway through the season, as well as missing Andre Johnson for good portions of the year and Arian Foster for a smaller portion of the year.
The Texans have even higher hopes for their 2012 season, despite the losses of DeMeco Ryans, Jason Allen, Mario Williams, Joel Dreessen, Mike Brisiel, and Eric Winston this offseason. Still, they look to have solidified themselves to the point where they can be perennial contenders for at least the next few years. Kubiak and Smith are a big part of that.