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Report: Texans to hire Wade Phillips

Wade Phillips

As expected, the Houston Texans will try to remedy one of the worst defenses in the NFL by bringing in the former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys — and the son of a man who’s still beloved in Houston.

Bob Allen of ABC 13 in Houston reports that Wade Phillips will become the Texans’ new defensive coordinator.

Per the report, Phillips is expected to meet with coach Gary Kubiak today, and the hiring is expected to be announced thereafter.

Phillips presumably will implement his 3-4 defense, even though the Texans currently use a 4-3.  With a potential lockout threatening to wipe out the offseason program, training camp, the preseason, and/or enough of the regular season to get the players to cave to the owners’ demands, Phillips may not have much of a chance to retool the personnel and/or to get them ready for a fundamentally different approach to defense.

The move also will give the Texans a potential in-house replacement for Kubiak, in the event that the team stumbles in 2011.  The fact that Wade is the son of legendary Oilers coach Bum Phillips will make him only more attractive to possibly do to Kubiak what Jason Garrett did to Wade Phillips this year in Dallas.

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23 Responses to “Report: Texans to hire Wade Phillips”
  1. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 5, 2011 6:24 AM

    Good for Wade Phillips.

  2. greenall12 says: Jan 5, 2011 6:44 AM

    bad move by the texans

  3. dccowboy says: Jan 5, 2011 7:56 AM

    “Oilers coach Bum Phillips will make him only more attractive to possibly do to Kubiak what Jason Garrett did to Wade Phillips this year in Dallas.”

    Writing that someone ‘did’ something to someone else implies (or possibly explicitly states) an active behavior. Since being named the Interim HC when Wade was fired (something Jerry did to Wade) was not something Garrett ‘did’ to Wade, you must have something else in mind that Garrett ‘did’. What was it exactly that Garrett ‘did’ to Wade that Wade might ‘do’ to Kubiak?

    Are you saying Wade will purposely ‘tank’ the defense to get Kubiak fired? Maybe he’ll suborn the offense to get them to ‘tank’ so Kubiak gets fired an Wade can be named ‘interim’ HC?

    You should update your article to explicitly state what Wade might ‘do’ to Kubiak, otherwise you’re just a rumormonger, not a ‘journalist’.

  4. flyerscup2010 says: Jan 5, 2011 8:11 AM

    Does this mean Mario Williams plays DE or OLB? I’ve never seen an almost 300 lb man play OLB, but if anyone was almost athletic enough to do it, it would be him. If he plays end, RIP sacks. Sucks for him. I understand the move on a personal level, but not on a personnel level (oh, pun). It would minimize some linebacker deficiencies because Cushing and Barwin could be the OLBs, but I don’t know where that leaves Smith. Furthermore, there isn’t a person on the roster who could play nose, assuming Okoye and Williams are the ends.

    With a possible shortened or non-existent season/off-season coming up, this is pretty drastic. I wouldn’t be surprised if they asked Wade to put together a 4-3 for this season and then make the switch in the future, once they have the labor situation (and their swiss cheese secondary) figured out.

  5. jjackwagon says: Jan 5, 2011 8:15 AM

    A man has to know his limitations. Hopefully Wade has figured out he is not HC material.

  6. bobbyhoying says: Jan 5, 2011 8:18 AM

    Let’s hope this classy guy has a lot of success now that he’s out of the NFC East.

  7. jsratx says: Jan 5, 2011 8:21 AM

    What’s lost in this story is the Texans refuting the report and effectively calling Bob Allen, the longest tenured and most respected sports anchor in Houston, a liar. Nice job, Texans.

    You can’t even hire someone the right way. Just shoot me.

  8. layinlow says: Jan 5, 2011 8:52 AM

    Wade Phllips never ran a 3-4 defense prior to coaching the dallas cowboys. I suppose football fans have short memories but Wade changed to run jerry’s defense in order to get the head coaching gig in Dallas. It was Parcels who changed Dallas personnel to a 3-4, not wade.

    I live in Georgia and have been a life long falcon fan. Wade was the DC in 98 when the falcons went to the super bowl and we ran a 4-3. In denver and every other place Wade was a DC he ran a 4-3 defense prior to landing in Dallas.

  9. kellyb9 says: Jan 5, 2011 9:27 AM

    I’m not really sure where all the press about this guy being a bad HC comes from, but he’s only had a losing record (as HC) twice in his career. Once in Denver (1994) and once in Dallas (2010). I just don’t understand all the hate directed at this guy.

    Either way, he’s a great DC, and the Texans sorely need an improved defense if they hope to make a run at the AFC South title.

  10. jackleone says: Jan 5, 2011 9:32 AM

    As long as Peyton Manning plays in the AFC South, Houston has a slim chance of winning the division. Although this may be a defensive upgrade, the Colts won’t have every season like this one: plagued with injuries.

  11. xli2006 says: Jan 5, 2011 9:59 AM

    As a Colts fan, I hope he brings the same offensive production to the Texans that he had with the Cowboys!

  12. batterychucker says: Jan 5, 2011 10:00 AM

    And for those that wonder how Mario will be implemented in a 3-4, keep in mind that Phillips used Bruce Smith in a 3-4, who has a similar build and style to Williams, and he thrived in it.

    The key personnel they need is a big fat NT who can plug the middle and another OLB.

  13. batterychucker says: Jan 5, 2011 10:02 AM

    layinlow says: Jan 5, 2011 8:52 AM

    Wade Phllips never ran a 3-4 defense prior to coaching the dallas cowboys

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    That’s just simply not true. Wade has always run a 3-4 wherever he’s been. The time he didn’t run a 3-4 was with the Falcons, which wasn’t very successful.

  14. batterychucker says: Jan 5, 2011 10:03 AM

    flyerscup2010 says: Jan 5, 2011 8:11 AM

    Does this mean Mario Williams plays DE or OLB?
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    He’ll be utilized at DE similar to how Phillips used Bruce Smith in Buffalo.

  15. batterychucker says: Jan 5, 2011 10:07 AM

    kellyb9 says: Jan 5, 2011 9:27 AM

    I’m not really sure where all the press about this guy being a bad HC comes from, but he’s only had a losing record (as HC) twice in his career. Once in Denver (1994) and once in Dallas (2010). I just don’t understand all the hate directed at this guy.
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    He’s never really been a good HC because the pattern is he starts out good with teams, then gets progressively worse. But as a DC, he’s almost always had his defenses in the top 10, apart from his stint with the Falcons.

  16. batterychucker says: Jan 5, 2011 10:12 AM

    Phillips applied for the HC job with the Texans twice and was turned down both times. I doubt seriously he was brought in to replace Kubiak if he fails…

  17. quentincosta says: Jan 5, 2011 10:20 AM

    dccowboy says: Jan 5, 2011 7:56 AM

    You should update your article to explicitly state what Wade might ‘do’ to Kubiak, otherwise you’re just a rumormonger, not a ‘journalist’.

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    Journalism is all you will find on this site!

  18. help me says: Jan 5, 2011 10:46 AM

    @layinlow:

    Wade Phllips never ran a 3-4 defense prior to coaching the dallas cowboys.

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    Ooops. Who’s the one who has a short memory, now?

  19. ronaldmexico says: Jan 5, 2011 11:18 AM

    Good move for the Texans – Wade may not be a great head coach, but has had success as a coordinator. The defense likely can’t get any worse than it was this year.

  20. kellyb9 says: Jan 5, 2011 11:24 AM

    @batterychucker – That’s simply not true.

    Marv Levy’s Bills were 6-10 in 1997 and in 1998 under Phillips they were 10-6, 11-5 in 1999. Phillips took the Denver Broncos to the playoffs in 1993 (they had missed the previous year). The Cowboys went from 9-7 in 2006 to 13-3 in 2007. For active coaches that have coached at least 50 games, only Tomlin, Belichick, Reid, Payton, McCarthy, and Shanahan have a higher winning percentage.

  21. edgy says: Jan 5, 2011 1:10 PM

    I think it’s a good hire for a DC but a bad hire as a backup plan. I don’t think that you should judge Kubiak next year on this hire because it may take a year or two to show results. The offense doesn’t need any help, except maybe a little more conservative play calling to keep the defense off the field.

  22. batterychucker says: Jan 5, 2011 1:23 PM

    @batterychucker – That’s simply not true.

    Marv Levy’s Bills were 6-10 in 1997 and in 1998 under Phillips they were 10-6, 11-5 in 1999. Phillips took the Denver Broncos to the playoffs in 1993 (they had missed the previous year). The Cowboys went from 9-7 in 2006 to 13-3 in 2007. For active coaches that have coached at least 50 games, only Tomlin, Belichick, Reid, Payton, McCarthy, and Shanahan have a higher winning percentage.
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    What I said is definitely true. Look at the records:

    Bills – 10-6, 11-5, 8-8
    Broncos – 9-7, 7-9
    Cowboys – 13-3, 9-7, 11-5, 1-7

    In every case the reports were that Phillips had lost control of the team, or the team wasn’t responding to his coaching. With the Cowboys, they just simply quit on him.

    As I said, he’s a player’s coach just like Kubiak and when he comes into a team as a HC he does well, but after a time his tenure tends to run out and he doesn’t do as well. But as a DC, his credentials are very good overall.

  23. geezohman says: Jan 5, 2011 6:26 PM

    not ‘will’ become… ‘has’ become… announced.

    I’m old enough to remember ‘BUM” Philips…

    seemed like a good guy…

    I remember him saying… the Road to the Super Bowl goes through Pittsburgh.

    and next year we won’t just knock on the door, we’ll pound it in!

    lol, Good luck,

    remember Bud Carson, fired from Cleveland HC… he then went to Philly and defense was back to #1

    Some just can’t move to that next level, and are fine as a Coordinator.

    Pay attention Browns as you look for a coach !

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