Even in the impatient, pressure-packed world of the NFL, patience sometimes is rewarded.
The Texans are living proof. Houston is 10-1 and the leader in the clubhouse for the No. 1 AFC seed in the postseason, with home-field advantage throughout.
Imagine, Jets fans, watching your team go through five consecutive playoff-less seasons with a 37-43 record. Would you be happy standing pat at head coach?
Those were the guts of Texans head coach Gary Kubiak’s resume in his first five years in Houston. And you know what Texans owner Bob McNair did? He stayed the course, ignored pleas from fans and media to fire Kubiak and general manager Rick Smith, blow up the program and start over.
“It all starts with Bob McNair and his assessment of where we were,’’ Smith said by phone this week from Houston. “We were trying to build something. Even in those 8-8 years, we were making progress. We felt like we were a good team that was improving. To [McNair’s] credit, he exercised the kind of patience that a lot of times you don’t see.’’