Gary Kubiak will coach Houston Texans from press box on Sunday

Anwar S Richardson
Shutdown Corner

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak was expected to resume his leadership role against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

However, Kubiak will not coach his team from the sidelines.

Kubiak, who recently suffered a mini-stroke at halftime of Houston’s game against Indianapolis on November 3, will coach from the press box on Sunday, according to the Houston Chronicle. He is following orders from his doctors, who believe coaching from the press box is Kubiak's best option during his recovery.

“If that’s what they want me to do, I’ll do it,” Kubiak told the Houston Chronicle. “Whatever I can do to get out there, to be a part of it.

“I’ve had a good week. They’ve monitored (me) throughout the week, and it’s something they’ve talked about, so I’m OK with that.”

Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who was the interim coach during Kubiak’s absence, will carry the red flag on Houston’s sideline, but Kubiak will determine which calls to challenge on the field.

Kubiak was asked about the pros and cons of coaching from the press box and expressed some humor about his situation.

“The advantage, well, you don’t hear everybody hollering at you, I guess,” Kubiak told the Houston Chronicle. “As far as a disadvantage, you don’t feel emotion up there like you do when you’re on the field.

“You’ve got to have guys help you with that, talk to you about stuff like that. But it’s just something I’ve got to work through right now.”

Houston has lost a franchise-record seven consecutive games, which makes getting a win another major hurdle for Kubiak on Sunday.

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