Texans, Kubiak close to contract extension, owner says

Texans owner Bob McNair doesn’t want any more questions about coach Gary Kubiak‘s status. So, McNair told the Houston Chronicle on Monday, he and Kubiak are working on a contract extension that could run through 2013 — and maybe longer.

“I think continuity’s extremely important in building a strong team,” McNair told the Chronicle. “It can impact free agency. It’s important when you hire (assistant) coaches. … I think we’re on the right path. I think we have to keep building on the foundation we have.”

McNair said the deal with Kubiak should be finalized “by next week.”

Kubiak could have entered the 2010 season with only one year left on the five-year, $10 million contract that he signed with the Texans in 2006. And up to two months ago, there were questions about whether or not Kubiak even would be back in 2010, but the Texans finished a franchise-best 9-7 and just missed the playoffs.

Kubiak is 31-33 in four seasons with the Texans and has helped Matt Schaub develop into one of the AFC’s better quarterbacks. Schaub was selected as the Pro Bowl MVP on Sunday after he passed for 189 yards and two touchdowns in the all-star game.

“I think Gary’s done a good job,” McNair told the Chronicle. “I look at our results, and I look at what some other coaches have done, and I evaluated his performance against others. We have a great foundation in place.”

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