Bob McNair: Texans playing hard

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Though some are calling for Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak's job, team owner Bob McNair is not one of them. Especially not after what he saw in the Texans' 17-16 loss to undefeated Kansas City on Sunday.

"How could anybody get a team playing harder than this team is playing?" McNair said. "I don't know how anybody can criticize him. You tell me. How are you going to get them to play harder than that when you've got two of your best players out, your starting quarterback is out. You're still out there playing right down to the wire. What more can you ask of your coaches?"

The Texans (2-5) have lost five games in a row after winning their first two this season.

With Houston coming off back-to-back AFC South championships, McNair said before the season that this was the most talented team he's ever had. He's owned the Texans since their inception in 2002.

The Texans won their first game in each of the past two postseasons, then lost in the next round.

And although their start this year isn't what was expected, McNair thinks injuries played a major factor in Sunday's loss. Quarterback Matt Schaub was out with an ankle and foot injury, running back Arian Foster departed early with a hamstring injury, and Brian Cushing also left for good with a knee injury.

"I think the team performed very well today," McNair said. "I don't know how you're going to do better."