Former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak interviewed for the Detroit Lions' head coaching job on Tuesday, according to FOX 2's Jennifer Hammond. Kubiak first popped up in the Lions' coaching search on Tuesday afternoon as someone who "might" interview for the job, and it turns out the Lions were able to keep this particular interview under wraps until after it actually took place.
Kubiak was fired during the 2013 season by the Texans after a 2-11 start. The Texans actually opened the season with a 2-0 record, but it was all downhill from there. Kubiak dealt with a health scare after collapsing at halftime of a game, and he was fired a little more than a month later with the Texans on an 11-game losing streak. They ended up finishing the season on a 14-game losing streak, and they now have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft as a result.
Coming into 2013, the Texans were the back-to-back AFC South champions. They went 10-6 in 2011 and 12-4 in 2012, but they only won one playoff game in each of those two seasons. They had their sights set on a Super Bowl run in 2013, but they obviously did not even come close to that, which is why Kubiak was fired.
In his eight seasons as head coach of the Texans, Kubiak compiled a 61-64 record. He made the playoffs only twice, and it took him six years to finally get the Texans into the postseason. Before he joined the Texans, he was the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos from 1995-2005, and he also served as the quarterbacks coach for part of his time in Denver.
Kubiak is the second candidate to interview for the Lions' job. Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell was the first, meaning the Lions have now interviewed two former NFL head coaches who have offensive backgrounds.