The Texans (7-7) are one of the hottest teams in the NFL after handing the Tennessee Titans their second loss of the season Sunday at Reliant Stadium and extending their win streak to a team-record four games.
The Texans' 13-12 win earned coach Gary Kubiak a nomination for Motorola NFL Coach of the Week honors. Fan votes determine the winner, and voting ends this Friday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced on NFL.com on Friday afternoon. In January, voting will be held on NFL.com to determine the Motorola NFL Coach of the Year.
The Texans face the Oakland Raiders this Sunday at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. With a win this week and a victory over the Chicago Bears in the regular season finale, the Texans can finish the year with a franchise-best 9-7 record.
Kubiak was asked Monday if he has changed the culture of the Texans' organization.
"Well, it has to change over a long period of time, not one football game," Kubiak said. "You know, people have asked me, 'Did you turn the corner? Did you do this?' You know, I don't know when that day will come when we say we've turned the corner. We all know what our goal is. We're going to fall short of that this year – we're not going to be a playoff team. But there's no doubt in my mind that we're a better football team right now.
"There's two very important football games to play. Yesterday was a big step in the right direction. We played a very physical, very good football team that we knew we would have to go toe-to-toe with them for four quarters if we were going to win, and we found a way to do that as a football team. So it was a big step."