Bum Phillips, Pastorini stand by Kubiak

By Chris Duncan

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 29 2010 12:59 p.m. MST

HOUSTON — Texans coach Gary Kubiak has two Houston football legends in his corner.

Former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips and ex-Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini attended Wednesday's practice and urged team owner Bob McNair to retain Kubiak, despite the team's nosedive this season.

The Texans (5-10) have lost eight of their last nine games heading into Sunday's finale against Jacksonville (8-7). Kubiak is finishing his fifth season and fans are bombarding local radio shows with calls that Kubiak be fired.

But the 87-year-old Phillips says Kubiak is "as good a coach as anybody's got." Pastorini says the Texans have to make "a few tweaks" but seem to be on the right track under Kubiak, who was a ball boy for the Oilers when Phillips and Pastorini were there.

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