Texans coach Kubiak collapses, taken to hospital
Mon, 04 Nov 2013 11:03:55 GMT — HOUSTON (AP) - Houston coach Gary Kubiak was in stable condition late Sunday night after collapsing leaving the field at halftime of the Texans' loss to Indianapolis. Kubiak hunched over and dropped to his knees at the 24 yard line and was immediately surrounded by medical personnel. He was lifted off the field on a stretcher, taken off on a gurney and transported to the hospital in an ambulance. The Texans didn't say what was wrong with Kubiak, but did say he didn't have a heart attack. The team said the 52-year-old coach, a former NFL quarterback who calls the team's plays, was conscious and was with his family as he was taken to the hospital. "He had an episode; he was light-headed and dizzy," Houston general manager Rick Smith said. "He was evaluated by a number of specialists ... he is awake and coherent." Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took over as coach. Up 21-3 when Kubiak collapsed, the somber Texans struggled in the second half, falling 27-24 for their sixth straight loss after opening the season 2-0 with Super Bowl hopes. "We have to assess ... obviously, there's a lot of info," Smith said. "Hopefully, Gary will be back with us tomorrow." Kubiak's collapse came a day after Denver Broncos coach John Fox was hospitalized in North Carolina as he awaits aortic value replacement surgery. The 58-year-old Fox will have surgery in a few days and will miss several weeks while recuperating. Kubiak has long been known as a top offensive coach, mentoring quarterbacks in Denver under Mike Shanahan and now Matt Schaub - and Case Keenum - in Houston. Kubiak has had no known public health problems.