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From a personal standpoint, and because of the importance of an NFL head coach to the team, it was a scary moment for two teams during Week 9 games. Both the Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans were forced to identify interim coaches to take the helm at the sideline from events this weekend.

As the Houston Texans were headed to the locker room for the halftime intermission on Sunday Night during their game with the Indianapolis Colts, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the sidelines. He required a stretcher to be taken for medical attention, although he was responsive to medical staff and never lost consciousness. Wade Phillips took the interim role for the second half, and the former Dallas Cowboys coach couldn’t keep his team from blowing an 18-point lead to the division-leading Colts. Kubiak is said to be in stable condition and had been taken to a local hospital for “precautionary reasons” due to being “light-headed” and “dizzy”.

John Fox was back in Carolina this weekend, with the Denver Broncos on a bye week, when he experienced light-headedness on a golf course. Though his issues didn’t happen during a game, the Broncos will likely be  more impacted by what happened to John Fox. Their coach will be undergoing an aortic heart valve replacement this week, a procedure which had been planned to occur after the season, and he will reportedly be out “at least several weeks”. Jack Del Rio, the team’s defensive coordinator, has been picked to be the interim head coach. Prior to coming to Denver, Del Rio was the head coach of the Jaguars for 9 seasons.

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