Most fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem to be quite happy with the idea of Lovie Smith heading to Tampa Bay. Even former Buccaneers’ coach Tony Dungy gave the idea his blessing. But the Glazers will undergo a full coaching search to replace Greg Schiano, and that means pursuing more options than just the former Tampa Bay assistant.
One such name is reportedly Gary Kubiak, the former head coach of the Houston Texans.
Kubiak had a 61-64 career record with the Texans with a 2-2 postseason record. He was fired during the 2013 season with his Texans mired in a massive losing streak.
He began his time in Houston in 2006 after spending time under Mike Shanahan in Denver as offensive coordinator. He is definitely an offensive coach, who has won Super Bowls as an assistant and coordinator of some of the best offenses in recent history.
However, his time in Houston was mired with disappointment, as the Texans could never get over the hump and find their way to the Super Bowl. He should be credited for turning the franchise around, but there is cause for concern with his recent performances as head coach, especially his most recent season in charge.
The Buccaneers may not find a more experienced offensive mind available to take their vacant head coaching position, so if bringing in a coach with experience on offense is a priority for the Bucs, Kubiak may be their best option. But he’s certainly not the most exciting option, and there are plenty of reasons to doubt his abilities given his recent performance in Houston.