on January 1, 2009 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

Texans fire defensive coordinator, two assistants

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The Houston Texans have fired three of their defensive coaches after surrendering nearly 25 points per game this year.

Coordinator Richard Smith, backs coach Jon Hoke and line coach Jethro Franklin were dismissed two days after the Texans finished 8-8 for the second season in a row.

“They’re all fine coaches,” head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters on Tuesday.

“They’re even better people. (This is) a very difficult day for them and their families.

“Difficult on this guy, too, but bottom line is I’ve made a decision to move in a new direction and want to give them the opportunity to do the same thing as quickly as possible.”

The Texans surrendered 24.6 points per game this season, the 27th highest average in the 32-team league, and allowed 337 yards per game.

Houston’s defense could not match the progress of its offense, which ranked third. Kubiak said although the Texans “were more consistent the second half of the season” on defense, he had to make a move.

“I do not feel good about the progress we’ve made on that side of the ball, and I think for us to take the next step, we have to make a big-time improvement there,” he said.

Kubiak said he would put together a list of candidates to replace Smith and planned to begin the interview process in two weeks.

(Writing by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by Peter Rutherford)