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Texans Hire Gibbs to Assistant Head Coach, Promote Shanahan to Offensive Coordinator

For the Texans it’s out with the old and in with the new…and the old. Texans HC Gary Kubiak will have more control of his offense now that Texans’ former Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman is on his way to Aggie Land. With Sherman’s departure, Kubiak promoted Kyle Shanahan, 28, to Offensive Coordinator and signed Alex Gibbs, 66, to Assistant Head Coach.

Bringing in Zone Blocking genius, Gibbs, should start revving-up a run game in Houston for the first time since Dominick Davis. Kubiak’s Texans never had a successful run game after Sherman’s Gap Blocking failed to bring a 1,000-yard rusher to Kubiak’s smart offense that was supposed to bring up rushers with a snap of a finger.

Thus, the Texans promoted their Quarterbacks Coach, Kyle Shanahan, to Offensive Coordinator. The young Shanahan has a feel for the offense and will continue to work with the QBs as he did last season. Shanahan, the son of Broncos HC Mike Shanahan, should already be comfortable with Kubiak and the Texans’ offense which benefits the hiring of Alex Gibbs as Assistant Head Coach.

Kubiak and GM Rick Smith decided to bring Alex Gibbs out of a third retirement to boost the Texans’ run game. Gibbs, 66, coached Denver for 13 seasons under Mike Shannahan. A few of those seasons included those in which Texans HC Gary Kubiak was backup QB for John Elway. Gibbs was also the mastermind behind Shanahan’s Zone Blocking system that produced the Terrell Davis types.

After his tenure in Denver, Falcons former HC Jim Mora Jr. pulled Gibbs out of retirement to vastly improve the Falcons rush offense with QB Vick, RB Dunn and HB Duckett. Now that Gibbs is here in Houston the question is will Gibbs and Kubiak bring back the injury prone, Gap-Blocking-Adjusted Ahman Green, or will future star Chris Taylor get his shot as the Texans first RB under the new, yet old, Zone Blocking system?


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