For the last 17 seasons, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has found himself as a coordinator or head coach in the NFL.
He has been apart of three Super Bowl Championship teams and has been at the helm of the Texans since 2006.
As a division rival of the Colts, Kubiak has had a close eye on Indianapolis and holds the job done by the Colts this season in high regard.
“I think it’s got to be considered one of the finer jobs done in football in a long time,” Kubiak said on Wednesday’s conference.
“I can’t tell you how impressed I am. We could stay on this phone all day long. It’s been something special to watch. I would give the veteran players in Indianapolis a lot of credit because they’ve obviously brought those young guys along very quickly and were great examples for them.”
In preparing for the Colts this weekend, Kubiak expects to see them at as full strength even with already being locked into the five-seed in the AFC playoffs.
The question of whether or not to rest key players is normally a topic for playoff teams this time of year but Kubiak pointed out the numbers problem in trying to juggle out a roster come Sunday.
“I think that’s kind of moved on in football,” Kubiak said of team’s resting players. “I think everybody’s got maybe certain players that may have injuries they have been fighting through or stuff that you have to pay special attention to. But the bottom line is you only have 53 active players and 46 are going to suit up.”
When the Colts and Texans met two weeks ago, the AFC South was still up for grabs but a 26-17 victory by Houston clinched the division.
Both teams are heading to the postseason, with the Texans still unsure of where they will be seeded come January.
Along with the playoff implications for the Texans on the line this Sunday, they will also be facing the return of Chuck Pagano to the sideline.
It has been three months since Pagano has coached a game from the sidelines and Kubiak knows his team will be dealing with an emotional environment at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“It’s been talked about a great deal throughout the course of the season and obviously as a coach and a member of the National Football League, I think it’s wonderful,” Kubiak said of Pagano’s return.
“I’m just so happy for Chuck and his family and what he’s been through. I’m glad to see he’s doing well and back on the field. I know that’s important to him and how proud he is of the guys and the work they did while he was away. Regardless of whether you are playing him or not playing him, you all respect this league and what guys do and the jobs they do. None bigger than what he’s been through and my respect for him is tremendous.”
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