The first coaching casualty of the 2013 NFL season was announced on Friday, and it's Gary Kubiak of the Houston Texans.
Following Thursday night's 27-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team's 11th straight, the Texans announced Friday afternoon it would soon begin the search for the third. head coach in franchise history.
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Kubiak took over for Dom Capers, the franchise's inaugural head coach, before the 2006 season and led the club to a 61-64 record in nearly eight complete seasons. Kubiak guided the Texans to a combined 22-10 mark over the 2011-12 seasons with back-to-back trips to the AFC Divisional playoffs - including the city of Houston's first NFL playoffs win since 1991.
Houston was picked by many before this season as an AFC favorite and got off to a 2-0 start this fall, but subsequently lost its next 11 games. Counting a 1-3 finish to the 2012 regular season, the Texans are 3-14 in their last 17 regular season games. If the season ended today, Houston would have the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
As always, we'll have more updates as they become available.