RTC: Doubting it'll be Shanahan or Gruden

Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says he has seen many lists about who's going to replace Texans coach Gary Kubiak and he'd like to cross a few names off the list. McClain says the Texans won't pursue Mike Shanahan, even if he gets fired by the Redskins, nor ESPN analyst Jon Gruden.

Howard Chen of CSN Houston caught up with Klein Kubiak, son of Gary, after his Rice Owls won the Conference USA championship. "That's something my dad's taught me since I was a young kid -- tough times don't last, but tough people do," Klein Kubiak said. "And he's the toughest guy I know. And I know he'll come out on top of this, and I'm just glad to put a smile on his face today."

Will Grubb of Sports Radio 610 argues for the Texans to hire Penn State coach Bill O'Brien. He focuses on the fact that O'Brien is an offensive mind who could help develop a young quarterback.

An interesting look at interim head coaches from Len Pasquarelli of the National Football Post. He notes that of the 64 interim head coaches since 1970, only 22 kept the job on a more permanent basis the following year. Their winning percentage as interims is about .325. From the story: "'You take over a sinking ship and it’s like trying to bale out water with a thimble,' longtime NFL defensive coordinator Rick Venturi, who was 2-17 in two stints as an interim coach, with Indianapolis in 1991 and New Orleans in 1996, described the job to NFP a few years ago. 'It’s really a no-win situation, but you do it out of loyalty to the franchise and because in the back of your mind, you’re thinking, "Well, if I can show them some progress, then maybe they’ll keep me." But it’s pretty much a "Mission Impossible" kind of situation ... and it seems like the owners realize that more now.'"