Texans defensive coordinator, Richard Smith isn't getting similar support. Texans DB Dunta Robinson couldn't say enough positive things about Kubiak but when asked about the heat that Smith was getting he shrugged his shoulders and responded:
It is what it is. As players, we're going to go back and we're going to go out and work hard and practice hard and get the job done.The Texans are usually very good about keeping their dirty laundry in-house, but when Robinson isn't supporting you publicly, that's usually the beginning of the end for a coach. Though he did also say that the players aren't going to be throwing the coaches under the bus.
And Richard Smith does deserve to be gone. His defensive coaching has been awful in the past, and it continues to be awful. And he motivates players with pictures of rocks, which really shouldn't be a key to firing him, but I add it because it would be completely hilarious if it weren't also so stupid and sad.
The Texans certainly need some changes, but it may be that keeping what is working and fixing what isn't, is likely the best direction that the Texans could take at this point. If you are interested in reading what those changes may entail, I invite you to read my more in-depth discussion of this on my Houston Chronicle blog.
By the way, I took the above picture in training camp because I knew that I'd be writing plenty about Richard Smith this season, and not likely in a good way.