Posted June 14, 2012

Report: Houston Texans give extensions to HC Gary Kubiak, GM Rick Smith

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The Houston Texans, fresh off the first postseason appearance in franchise history, rewarded head coach Gary Kubiak and general manager Rick Smith with contract extensions, according to a tweet by ESPN‘s Adam Schefter.

The Texans finished 10-6 last season to win the AFC South division title. Houston beat Cincinnati 31-10 in the first round of the playoffs before falling 20-13 to Baltimore the following week.

Kubiak has coached the team for six seasons. He led the team above .500 for the first time in 2009, but when the team fell to 6-10 the following season, many called for his firing.

Smith stayed loyal, and the team turned around in 2011. Smith became Texans’ GM in 2006. Among his moves was trading for quarterback Matt Schaub in 2007. He also drafted 2009 Rookie of the Year Brian Cushing.