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Texans interview Gibbs


David Gibbs has coached defensive backs in the NFL for the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs.

Almost two weeks after dismissing defensive backs coach Jon Hoke, the Texans interviewed his potential replacement on Monday in David Gibbs, a seven-year NFL coaching veteran who has spent the past three seasons as secondary coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Gibbs, the son of Texans assistant head coach/offense Alex Gibbs, worked on the same staff as coach Gary Kubiak from 2001-04 with the Denver Broncos before serving as the defensive coordinator/secondary at Auburn in 2005. He also was a defensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota from 1997-2000.

"I've known David for a while," Kubiak said. "Obviously, he's called a lot of defense in his day. He's been a secondary coach in the National Football League. I like where he comes from and what he stands for, knowing his dad all of these years and working with him. So I think he'd be a good fit for us, but it's up for David to figure that out now."

In 2007, Gibbs helped Kansas City rank fifth in the NFL in pass defense (188.9 passing yards/game) and allow only 17 touchdown passes, the team's lowest total since 1998.

Before joining the pro ranks, Gibbs served as a college assistant at Minnesota (1997-2000), Kansas (1995-96), Colorado (1993-94) and Oklahoma (1991-92). Gibbs played college football at Colorado from 1987-90.

Last week, the Texans interviewed former Detroit Lions coach Rod Marinelli for a spot on the defensive coaching staff. Marinelli was hired by the Chicago Bears this past weekend as the team's defensive line coach/assistant head coach.

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