Jack Dempsey , Associated Press
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak reacts to a Denver Broncos first down during the fourth quarter an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, in Denver. The Broncos beat the Texans 24-23.

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.