By Eric Schmidt

The Houston Texans have struggled through a very disappointing season. After the club dropped it’s franchise worst 10th straight loss Thursday, Houston fired head coach Gary Kubiak. While Wade Phillips will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season, the club is laying the groundwork for their offseason interviews. On Game Day First on the NFL Network this morning, insider Ian Rapoport reported that Lovie Smith will be the first interview the team will conduct.

Rapoport suggested that the team has hired consultant Jed Hughes in order to conduct.

Several reports have suggested that the Texans are looking to hire a coach with NFL experience. Perhaps they have to look no further than Kansas City to follow their coaching hire. The Chiefs were the league’s worst team last season and wound up with the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Texans are currently in the lead for the first pick in 2014.

There are a few head coaching possibilities for the Texans outside of Smith. Ken Whisenhunt has taken a team to a Super Bowl. Another interesting prospect is ESPN’s Jon Gruden.

Houston has some key pieces in place and could make a very quick turnaround in 2014 with the right hire. They have some key neds heading into the offseason though. A quarter is the priority. Right tackle and upgrades in the secondary are needed. Running back is going to be a position of concern as Ben Tate will likely depart via free agency  and questions remain about Arian Foster moving forward after carrying a heavy workload in recent years.

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