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Texans tab Gibbs as secondary coach


David Gibbs leaves Kansas City to coach the defensive backs in Houston.

The Texans have hired David Gibbs, the son of Texans assistant head coach/offense Alex Gibbs, as the defensive backs coach. The team announced the decision on Monday.

"It's good to be back with him (Alex)," Gibbs said. "And the chance to work for (head) coach (Gary) Kubiak was a chance I couldn't turn down."

Gibbs joins the Texans staff after spending the last three years coaching the defensive backs in Kansas City. Before working with the Chiefs, he coached the secondary for the Denver Broncos from 2001-04 and had the chance to work alongside his father who was coaching the offensive line.

A four-year letterman at defensive back for Colorado from 1987-90, Gibbs got his start in coaching at Oklahoma, where he was a graduate assistant from 1991-92. He returned to his alma mater in the same role from 1993-94 before moving on to coach the secondary at Kansas from 1995-96. He followed head coach Glen Mason to Minnesota, where he was the defensive coordinator/secondary from 1997-00. Gibbs returned briefly to the college ranks as the defensive coordinator at Auburn in 2005.

He said he sees potential in the Texans' secondary, but the unit has to become more consistent in its coverage and playmaking.

"They have some players back in the backend," Gibbs said. "They had some injuries a year ago, played a lot of guys, especially at safety, and I think there's enough talent back there to regroup and be a decent secondary."

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