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MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

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Kubiak stays, Wade arrives

It’s been a strange year in Houston. No, make that a disastrous season given the Texans’ goals, their good start and their now terrible 5-10 record.

The past few weeks the speculation was that the axe on the underachieving campaign would fall on the neck of head coach Gary Kubiak.

The winds of change, though, apparently have switched and now favour Kubiak returning for a sixth season.

Next season, though, it will be the Gary and Wade show as the thinking is that former Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips will be brought on board as the defensive co-ordinator to make some sense out of what has become a complete defensive mess.

The Houston Chronicle says that’s the word from Houston owner Bob McNair and the only scenario that could blow that line of thinking out of the water is if the Texans get embarrassed by Jacksonville in the season finale.

Jacksonville, though, seems to be too preoccupied with embarrassing themselves so that scenario should not take shape.

While Phillips had his problems as a head coach, he is viewed as a gifted defensive co-ordinator. The Chronicle notes that the past four jobs Phillips has accepted as defensive co-ordinator have been with teams that had a losing record the season before he arrived, and each went to the playoffs in his first season.

That would suit McNair and the Texans just fine.

JENN’S DAD WANTS TO BEAT UP BRETT!

Jenn Sterger’s father apparently is upset.

Says he wants to punch out Brett Favre.

For that he may have to get in line behind Favre’s wife, Deanna.

“I better not meet that guy walking down a dark alley,” Leo Sterger told the website Radar Online.

Pops is, naturally enough, upset that his daughter was propositioned by Favre, alleged to have sent her pictures of his ‘junk’ and then have the league fine the living-legend quarterback all of $50,000 for not co-operating with their investigation.

End of punishment.

Time to move on.

No justice there for daughter Jenn, according to papa Leo.

“It’s a complete joke the penalty they gave him,” Leo Sterger said. “Their decision is a complete travesty to women and they are just treating him this way because he is the NFL’s golden boy. As a father I am absolutely furious.”

And a lot more fired up than his daughter.

“Jenn is doing well, all things considered and if anything she feels vindicated after the NFL’s decision,” Leo said.

“She’s a strong woman and she is going to be OK, personally.”

Favre, meanwhile, will put the lid down on a terrible season for both him personally and the Vikings team when they travel to Detroit to face the Lions. He has not yet been cleared to play after suffering a concussion two weeks ago.

’Hawks too ‘legit’ to quit

Nobody outside of Seattle will be rooting for the Seahawks to beat St. Louis Sunday night and claim the NFC West championship with a 7-9 record.

Nobody except those who have a ghoulish sense of humour.

So if that scenario were to occur and the Seahawks were to prevail, the players say they would proudly don championship caps and not pull paper bags over their heads upon the game’s conclusion.

Instead, they’d be talking proud and ready to take on the New Orleans Saints, who will likely be 12-4, the following week in Seattle.

“Of course we won’t (be apologizing),” middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu told reporters this week. “We’ll be proud, just like I’d expect the Rams, if they win, to be proud of it. I mean, it wasn’t easy — obviously.”

He wasn’t alone.

“From this point on, everybody’s gonna say we’re not legit,” veteran safety Lawyer Milloy said. “It’s not our fault the way they set up the tourney. At the beginning of the year, everybody in the league has the same goal — to win your division, which is the cleanest way to the playoffs. We have one game to win, in our home stadium. And once you’re in, you have a chance.

“Even getting to play in a game like this, on prime time, for our younger players — that’s huge. No matter how you get there, it’s an opportunity to be a champion. You get that taste, and let it propel you into the tourney, and you have a chance to be a champion of something bigger. It’s a grand opportunity we’ve been handed, given our situation. Who knows why it happened like this? But there it is.”

The Seahawks chances, though, are fading as they will have to go with backup Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback and it will be just his second lifetime start. The Seahawks have also lost three consecutive games, five of their past six and seven of nine.

Hard to believe they’ll come up big on Sunday.


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