As a ball boy for the Houston Oilers more than 25 years ago, Gary Kubiak never thought he would eventually coach the team that replaced them.
But he long vowed that he would return to Houston. Yesterday he did, and was introduced as the second coach of the Houston Texans.
''I always told my mom and dad I would be home someday," he said. ''I think they started not to believe me after a while. But I finally made it back."
Kubiak, who spent the last 11 years as Denver's offensive coordinator, inherits a team that had a league-worst 2-14 record this season, costing Dom Capers his job. Kubiak reportedly signed a five-year deal worth about $10 million.
Though he didn't have much to say about possible draft decisions -- Houston has the first selection -- he said plenty about Houston quarterback David Carr, the top pick in the 2002 draft.
''I'll find a way to make him successful because it's in him," Kubiak said. ''I'm a David Carr fan. I like the skills he has. There is no reason that David shouldn't be a successful quarterback."