Extensions coming for Kubiak, Smith

May, 7, 2012
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Gary Kubiak had me back in early December. After he took a beaten up team, won the division and assured the Texans of their first playoff appearance, this skeptic pivoted and said the coach had earned an extension.

There was little doubt he’d get one, but little has happened on that front either.

Monday, owner Bob McNair said he will soon talk to Kubiak and general manager Rick Smith, who are both heading into the final years of their current contracts, about new ones.

“We’ll start working on that,” McNair said at the team’s charity golf tournament, per comments distributed by the team. “We’ve just had a lot of other things on our plate, but yeah, we’ll get around to that … I think they’ve done an outstanding job,” McNair said. “... I’m pleased with them, and if that wasn’t the case, we wouldn’t be extending them.”

He said he typically sits down with his coach first, then his general manager.

Asked how important it is to take care of their contracts, he said “Well, it’s hard to play if you don’t have a coach and general manager, so I guess I need to take care of it.”

There have been times when I may have wondered if McNair was being too patient with his top two football people.

Now I agree they're deserving.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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