One day after they were eliminated from the playoffs 41-28 at New England, the Texans cleaned out their lockers and met with general manager Rick Smith and coach Gary Kubiak.

Unless you are the Super Bowl champion, it's usually a subdued day with a lot of retrospection.

"It's a tough day," Kubiak said at his last Monday meeting with the media. "You talk to them after the game, and you give them your feelings after the game.

"Today is more of telling them what you thought about their season and what you expect from them coming back.

"I'm a little bit different. It's a brief meeting today. I'll meet with them, and I'll wait a couple of weeks and start calling them and talking with them again after I've had a chance to digest things a little bit better."

Successful season

Even though the season ended on a downer, Kubiak led the Texans to a franchise-best 12-4 regular-season record, a second consecutive AFC South title and a third winning season in four years. They also won a playoff game for the second year in a row.

Kubiak is going to be evaluated by owner Bob McNair, who signed him to a three-year contract before the season.

"My first process is I sit down with Mr. McNair," Kubiak said. "That's the man who evaluates me. I always take a look at what I did and how I handled situations. I'll be doing that as I watch cut-ups (tape) and review our season."

Kubiak could be in the market for an offensive coordinator. Rick Dennison interviewed with Chicago general manager Phil Emery for the vacant Bears coaching job Friday night. He's hoping to get called for a second interview.

Offense is Kubiak's specialty. He doesn't need a coordinator to tell him the Texans have to improve in the red zone and on third down. They need to find players who can provide more explosive plays.

"You're always looking for playmakers," Kubiak said. "This game comes down to making plays. It's a playmaker's game, and you have to have plenty of them.

"We've got some good young guys that are only going to get better because of their experience this year."

Defense is coordinator Wade Phillips' specialty. He doesn't need anyone to tell him the Texans have to improve their pass rush and pass defense and stop giving up big plays. The defense wasn't as good this season as it was in 2011, Phillips' first.