Home Grown: Kubiak To Lead Texans

Texans owner Bob McNair, Rhonda Kubiak and Gary Kubiak.
The Houston Texans introduced new head coach Gary Kubiak today, a local native who says he's glad to be home and is ready for the challenge of resurrecting a struggling team.

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Kubiak was born here, starred at St. Pius High School, went on to play quarterback at Texas A&M and has spent most of the past 20 years in Denver as a player and a coach. Now he takes over a Texans team that went 2-14 last season, which led to the firing of coach Dom Capers earlier this month. Kubiak says Houston should expect a champion.

"The number one thing you got to do when you get going with a team is you got to have expectations, you got to have a standard and we got a long way to go. But I want you all to know that me dream is to see this city win a championship some day."

Kubiak's first major task will be to decide who to take as the number one pick in April's draft. Two players, either former Texas quarterback Vince Young and Southern California running back Reggie Bush, are expected to go in the top spot. Kubiak says he likes what he sees in Texans quarterback David Carr.

"I'm a David Carr fan, because I watch him work and I know what type of skills he has and I know as a coach what you got to have to work with in this league to win and there's no reason why David shouldn't be a very successful quarterback. That's my job and that's my challenge and I can't wait to get going with him."

The 44-year-old Kubiak was a ball boy for the Houston Oilers and all three of his sons were born in Houston. He reportedly signed a 5-year contract worth $10 million.

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News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...