Texans hire Kollar to coach defensive line

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans hired Bill Kollar as their assistant head coach/defensive line coach, rounding out their staff after a postseason shakeup.

Kollar, 56, was hired Tuesday. Kollar has been the Buffalo Bills' defensive line coach for the past three seasons. He replaces Jethro Franklin, who was fired along with defensive coordinator Richard Smith and secondary coach Jon Hoke after the Texans went 8-8 for the second straight season.

Houston promoted senior defensive assistant Frank Bush to replace Smith and hired David Gibbs on Monday to succeed Hoke.

Before moving to Buffalo, Kollar coached the defensive line in St. Louis from 2001-05 and spent 11 years with Atlanta from 1990-2000. He began his coaching career as a defensive assistant/special teams for Tampa Bay in 1984. He has made two Super Bowl appearances, with the Falcons in 1998 and the Rams in 2001.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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