Texans fans, put down your picket signs

As we head into the final week of the NFL season, it's time for the annual "Which coaches will be fired?" game. Houston Texans' head coach Gary Kubiak (36-43 through five seasons) is one of the leading contenders, after yet another underachieving season in which the 5-10 Texans failed to live up to expectations and lost several games in almost unbelievable fashion.

Fans of the team have been calling for Kubiak's ouster since midseason, but team owner Bob McNair did not want to take action. Two Houston Texans fans, Brad White and Scott Carter, have taken the cause to a new level, and organized a "Fire Gary Kubiak" rally for this Sunday's season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium.

Bad idea, guys. Certainly the fans want what's best for their beloved team and to see the Texans win. Last-minute losses are hard to watch, and it's been a rough season. And if fans think it's time for a coaching change, they absolutely have the right to say that. But a rally like this can only end badly.

"I want to stress that I don't want people to come out to bash Kubiak," White told the Houston Chronicle. "We don't want vulgar signs out there. We're not there to bash him. We're there to say that we want a change."

But we all know there will be vulgar signs. And Kubiak bashing. It will get personal. Carter's already announced that he's shutting down his Fire Gary Kubiak website because of the "unrelenting hate mail and threats." And word is that Carter himself won't be attending his own rally due to safety concerns.

Once the rally was announced, McNair should have received the message loud and clear: Fans want a new coach and a new direction for the team. Enough said. Texans fans, put down your picket signs and go to Sunday's game. Cheer for Arian Foster and Andre Johnson one last time in 2010. Hell, go ahead and boo the 32nd-ranked defense and coach Kubiak. Voice your frustration on the Houston Chronicle's "sound-off" telephone hotline. Just call off the rally before things really get out of hand.

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