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Denver's Kubiak set to take over NFL's worst team


The Houston Texans will hire Denver offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak to take over the worst team in the NFL and help decide what to do with the first pick in the draft.

Texans owner Bob McNair said on Sunday the hiring won't be completed until later this week.

The Texans couldn't negotiate a contract with Kubiak until Denver was eliminated from the playoffs. Denver lost to Pittsburgh in the AFC championship game.

Kubiak, a Houston native and former NFL quarterback from 1983-'91, will become the Texans' second coach.

He will replace Dom Capers, who was fired a day after Houston finished its season with a 2-14 record. He had led the team since its inception four seasons ago.

This will be Kubiak's first head coaching job at any level. He spent the last 11 years with coach Mike Shanahan in Denver, helping the team to Super Bowl wins in 1998 and 1999.

He was also the quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers when they won the Super Bowl in 1995.

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