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Bob McNair avoids giving Gary Kubiak a vote of confidence

Gary Kubiak

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak paces the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville beat Houston 31-24. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)


After Sunday’s near-miss against the Jets in their new stadium, Texans owner Bob McNair said that his team had done a “great job.” McNair thereafter felt compelled to meet with the media on Wednesday and explain that he was referring only to the team’s effort to come from behind in that game, and that he wasn’t talking generally about the Texans when using the word “great”.

Usually, don’t people clarify comments to make them less offensive?

Then again, it’s possible that the words were viewed as an insult to the fans, who surely regard the team’s 3-6 record since the Week One Daytona 500-style win over the Colts as anything but the product of a “great” team.

And while McNair said that he had faith in his team, he avoided giving coach Gary Kubiak a vote of confidence, less than a year after giving him a new contract.

Asked if he’s still sticking with Kubiak, a question that calls for “yes” or a “no” as its answer, McNair opted to say neither. “I’m concerned about winning this game against Tennessee,” McNair said in comments distributed by the team. “I always do what I think is in the best interest of this team. That’s what motivates me. It’s in our best interest right now to get ready and play Tennessee and go out and win this game and that’s what I expect us to do.”

If we didn’t know better (and, actually, we don’t), McNair’s words could be interpreted as a win-this-weekend-or-else message to Kubiak. With long-time Oilers/Titans coach Jeff Fisher apparently in the early stages of working his way out of Nashville, maybe Fisher really will be working his way back to Hou, babe.