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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Minus Gibbs, Texans deep at O-line coach

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

First Gary Kubiak lost his offensive coordinator, now he’s lost his offensive line coach. Alex Gibbs is joining Pete Carroll's staff in Seattle, our Chris Mortensen reports.

Fortunately for Kubiak, he's got a deep depth chart at offensive line coach.

Seriously.

John Benton’s focused on pass protection in the two years that Alex Gibbs has been with the team but technically carries the offensive line coach title. Frank Pollack is assistant offensive line coach. Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews just completed his first season as an offensive assistant.

I recall in training camp last year marveling at the coach-to-player ratio in the individual period where the offensive linemen worked.

Rick Dennison, who could be Kyle Shanahan’s replacement as coordinator by day's end, has an offensive line coaching background.

Kubiak may not even have to hire to replace Gibbs. But it will be interesting to learn if the team will stick entirely with Gibbs' zone blocking scheme or become more of a hybrid.

Recovering from assistant coaching losses could be a bigger issue than Houston wants to believe.

And will there be another? Gibbs’ son, David, is the Texans' defensive backs coach.