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Gary Kubiak might coach from press box

11/15/2013

HOUSTON -- Texans coach Gary Kubiak opens each post-practice press conference by running through his injury report.

Today, he added himself.

Kubiak said he expects doctors to officially clear him later Friday, though he might have to coach from the press box -- the highest point in the stadium that includes people, and a place where you need binoculars to properly see the players.

"You don't hear everybody hollering at you, I guess, that's probably the advantage," Kubiak said for laughs. "I don't know. I did that for 20-some years before I became a head coach. Actually, I was on the field initially in my career. It's calm up there. It's quiet. Just a different way of looking at the football game."

Kubiak coached from the press box as a coordinator, just as offensive coordinator Rick Dennison does now. He'll leave defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who coaches from the sideline, in charge of the red challenge flag but provide guidance on when to use it.

"You don't feel emotion up there like you do when you're on the field," Kubiak said. "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."

Kubiak's return will come two weeks after he suffered a transient ischemic attack, or "mini-stroke," at halftime of the Texans' game against the Indianapolis Colts. He did not travel with the Texans to Arizona last week. Phillips was the interim head coach in his absence.