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Wade Phillips taking medical leave of absence, will miss two games


The Texans have lost their best players to injury throughout the season. Now they are losing their biggest offseason acquisition (by far) for a couple of weeks.

Mark Berman of FOX26 in Houston reports that defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will take a medical leave of absence for “a couple of weeks.”

It’s unclear what’s wrong with Phillips, but we wish him the best. Phillips has helped turn the 30th-ranked defense in the league into the top-ranked unit in yards allowed.

UPDATE 10:20 a.m ET: John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports Phillips is undergoing a procedure. Linebackers coach Reggie Herring will call defenses until Phillips can return to the team.

UPDATE II 10:27 a.m. ET: The team confirmed the news. They say Phillips is expected to return later in the season.  Phillips will address the media Wednesday.

UPDATE III 10:30 a.m. ET: Coach Gary Kubiak said on a conference call Wednesday that Phillips will miss two games.

“We’ve got to make sure Wade’s health comes first and get this taken care of so we can move forward,” Kubiak said via Joseph Person the Charlotte Observer.

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37 Responses to “Wade Phillips taking medical leave of absence, will miss two games”
  1. nfloracle says: Dec 14, 2011 10:20 AM

    Wishing Wade Phillips the best of luck. He’s a good man and I hope he makes a full recovery from whatever’s wrong with him.

  2. shackdelrio says: Dec 14, 2011 10:21 AM

    When will Jason Garrett take a medical leave of absence to get his cranium removed from his rectum?

  3. sophiethegreatdane says: Dec 14, 2011 10:24 AM

    Is there a “Coordinator of the Year” award? If so, it should definitely go to Wade Phillips. He turned that defense around.

    Get better Wade.

  4. paleandpasty says: Dec 14, 2011 10:24 AM

    Get well, get well soon, we wish you to get well.

    That is a pretty humdinger of a song if I ever heard one.

  5. grpatriot says: Dec 14, 2011 10:25 AM

    They’ll need him for the play-offs…

  6. bubbybrister2 says: Dec 14, 2011 10:25 AM

    Why, oh why, do they only have the McRib for a limited time? First it was annoying, but now they’re ruining teams, seasons, lives…

  7. gdeli says: Dec 14, 2011 10:28 AM

    He got sick because he can’t belive that the cowboys dumped him for FG kicker icer garrett! I coulda done better than that! he says…

  8. wiseguyny says: Dec 14, 2011 10:33 AM

    Wade’s a good guy, and you just hope for the best for him. What he’s done for Houston’s defense, this year, is nothing short of remarkable.

  9. tonystrong says: Dec 14, 2011 10:36 AM

    Average Head Coach, Great Coordinator. He’s done an incredible job with that defense down in Houston. That defense has kept them afloat with all the injuries the offense has suffered. Hope he has a speedy recovery. The Texans are going to need him come January!

  10. htown1035 says: Dec 14, 2011 10:40 AM

    God, can’t this team catch a break? The fact that they’re 10-3 after all of this is remarkable.

  11. freewayjim says: Dec 14, 2011 10:40 AM

    The curse of Doug Flutie lives on!

  12. rayvens says: Dec 14, 2011 10:42 AM

    Wade Phillips is the Best Def-Coordinator in the game…..Not sure wat the dude in Dallas was talking about, then again thats all the Ryans do is Talk…

  13. hit2hurt says: Dec 14, 2011 10:45 AM

    You people who “thumbs down” well wishes are pathetic! That’s someone’s husband, father, brother and grandfather.. what if it were YOURS?!

    Best wishes on a speedy recovery to you, Wade Philips.

    (Go ahead and “thumbs down” this.. but be brave enough to to make a comment as well, so we know who you are!) 😉

  14. pdmjr says: Dec 14, 2011 10:46 AM

    Good man, God speed

  15. Land Snark says: Dec 14, 2011 10:46 AM


    Are you sure it’s not Jerry’s and not his own?

  16. joetoronto says: Dec 14, 2011 10:48 AM

    Crap. All the best, coach.

  17. gmen1987 says: Dec 14, 2011 10:57 AM

    Godspeed to Wade.

  18. prior0knowledge says: Dec 14, 2011 10:57 AM

    2 weeks? in middle of season? must be urgent. has to be some type of surgery. From experience, angioplasty is only a few days and regular bypass is more than 2 weeks. I heard there was some special type of bypass that does not open up sternum. maybe? Could be cancer surgery… that is urgent and 2 weeks sounds about right.

    Good luck whatever it is, Wade… You are one of the good guys.

  19. 1captain1 says: Dec 14, 2011 10:59 AM

    Man up Son of Bum and wait till the off-season!

  20. txndave says: Dec 14, 2011 11:00 AM


  21. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 14, 2011 11:03 AM

    The people who are clicking the thumbs down button are Cowboys fans who can’t stand the fact that every facet of the Texans’ organization is better than theirs, especially the defense. Those Dallas fans are realizing now that Phillips wasn’t the problem last year. Jason Garrett sandbagged the offense to get the head coach job, and Jerry Jones is a baffoon.

    Wade Phillips is probably the most popular man in Houston right now. Get well, coach.

  22. goawayeverybody says: Dec 14, 2011 11:15 AM

    This was a good time of the year to take a medical leave, because the Texans face cupcake teams for the rest of the season. TJ Yeates will rip apart the weak Carolina defense.

  23. mrgroovesd says: Dec 14, 2011 11:18 AM

    I sure miss Wade on the Chargers sideline. He is a great DC. Get well soon.

  24. howley1 says: Dec 14, 2011 11:18 AM

    Remember the things some of you said when he was with the Cowboys?

    “He really is as dumb as it gets.”

    “Phillips should not have a job right now, no way in hell.”

    You know who you are. I’m not gonna name any names but I think it’s hilarious that the person that said those things about Wade Phillips is calling him “coach” now.

  25. jgboys1 says: Dec 14, 2011 11:22 AM

    Get well soon Wade!

  26. nokoolaidcowboy says: Dec 14, 2011 11:26 AM

    Good luck Coach!

  27. deadmanwalking47 says: Dec 14, 2011 11:34 AM

    get well fast coach phillips! may the god lord cure you from whatever ails you!

  28. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 14, 2011 11:37 AM

    Don’t get too worked up over the unreasonable fickleness of fans, howley. Gary Kubiak’s approval rating last year was probably about ten percent. People were calling him all kinds of names. Now I’d imagine more than ninety percent of Texans fans are pleased with the job he’s doing.

    People get pissed off and say stupid crap.

    To hold Internet blog commenters to some sort of high moral standard is a little silly. And going back to find their quotes from a year ago is really silly.

  29. paulisrollin says: Dec 14, 2011 11:43 AM

    Get well soon Wade. You’ve done great work there with the Texans. They’ll need you for the long run for sure!

    With that being said, he’s just more proof that just b/c you’re a great defensive coordinator doesn’t mean you’ll make a great HC. I sure hope no one is able to wrestle Zimmer away from my Bengals. lol However, I wouldn’t blame Zimmer for running as fast as he can away from Mike Brown. lol

  30. CKL says: Dec 14, 2011 12:02 PM

    Wow, hope he’s ok!
    If my team doesn’t get to/do anything in the playoffs I will definitely root for the Texans. I love it when teams pull together and triumph over adversity.

  31. indywilson40 says: Dec 14, 2011 12:12 PM

    Any more updates?

  32. screwstontexans says: Dec 14, 2011 12:13 PM

    Regardless of our draft picks, Wade Phillips was by far our best acquistion of the year…hope you get well Wade! Saddens me a bit that I will be going to my first game of the year this sunday and I won’t see ya out there.

    Get well soon!!


  33. chocopoppy says: Dec 14, 2011 12:40 PM

    An obvious culprit in his health issues may be his weight. I know they work long hours and do a lot of sitting but why don’t these coaches demand the same discipline of themselves that they do of the players? How hard is it to hit the treadmill for 30 minutes a day while watching film?

    Mix in a grilled chicken sandwich.

  34. whitemike55 says: Dec 14, 2011 1:19 PM

    In Wade We Trust.

    I will say our Linebackers coach Reggie Herring who is taking over the duties is the perfect man for the job. He has been with Wade for years and knows what needs to do be done.

    We can’t be naive to think Wade didn’t put this weeks and next weeks gameplan together. Even if it was from the surgery table. This is Wade’s Defense!

    Get Well Soon Wade – We will keep rollin’ with our NEXT MAN UP moto.


  35. sf49erguy says: Dec 14, 2011 1:34 PM

    Poor Newt…

  36. krank00 says: Dec 14, 2011 1:57 PM

    chocopoppy are you serious?? The dude is 65 years old and doing a job that has more stress on it than 98% of the population. Stuff breaks, people get sick and to blame this on him with out even knowing what it is, is worse then blaming the Cowboys offensive failures last year on him.

    Are you Jerry Jone’s alter ego?

  37. hit2hurt says: Dec 15, 2011 9:27 AM

    89 “thumbs up” and 22 “thumbs down” to my previous comment.. so approximately 25% of you are POS’s.. and 0% of you were brave enough to leave a comment, as requested, to identify yourselves.. i can’t say i’m surprised!

    On another note, it appears Reggie Herring will be executing the defensive gameplan in Wade’s absence.. he’s been with Wade for quite a while, you Texans fans should be in good hands.

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