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Texans players desperate for Wade Phillips to return

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The Texans have played two games without defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who underwent kidney and gallbladder surgery last week.  The Texans have lost both games.

Per a league source, Texans defensive players believe they need Phillips back as soon as possible.  The source explains that there’s a sense in the locker room that, when it comes to devising the game plans and calling the plays, linebackers coach Reggie Herring “doesn’t know what he’s doing.”

Though the assessment may be a little harsh and/or unfair, it’s the natural reaction to a home loss to the Panthers and a late-game collapse against the previously 1-13 Colts.

Head coach Gary Kubiak said that Phillips would miss two games.  Though next Sunday’s visit from the Titans won’t do much to affect Houston’s playoff positioning, they definitely need Phillips back before the wild-card round.

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29 Responses to “Texans players desperate for Wade Phillips to return”
  1. bearsrulepackdrool says: Dec 23, 2011 7:28 PM

    The defense is doing its job. The offense needs to put up more Touchdowns.

  2. justsayin70 says: Dec 23, 2011 7:29 PM

    So, the Texans’ defense is incapable of beating a 1-13 Colts’ team because their defensive coordinator is out of commission?

    Talk about passing the buck – Wade Phillips’ absence didn’t influence the penalties the Texans’ defense committed on the final drive.

  3. cmdrbuffalo says: Dec 23, 2011 7:32 PM

    The roughing the passer call at the end of the Indy game was poor officiating, but the hands to the face and pass interference were just shoddy execution. I don’t see how Wade Phillips being on the sideline would make a difference, but if the players do, I guess that’s what really matters.

  4. 6ball says: Dec 23, 2011 7:35 PM

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    Coach Herring did in on the football field with the scheme.

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  5. suckleague says: Dec 23, 2011 7:45 PM

    Was it Reggie Herring committing the 400 defensive penalties last night?

  6. dalucks says: Dec 23, 2011 7:46 PM

    I think this is created by the media. Who is the league source and why is he/she not responsible enough to put their name behind that statement?
    I am sure if Terrell Owens was playing for the Texans then the media would be saying he is destroying the locker room but this “league source” remains nameless.
    The media is a bunch of no life cowards including the coward that wrote this article. The public demands names in order for this article to be true or else we realize this is a collection of media created lies.
    Articles like this cause Pro Football Talk to lose credibility.

  7. waccoforflacco says: Dec 23, 2011 7:50 PM

    DUHHHH…why does ole Reggie have a job?

    He’s probably in line for one of those MUST interviews as a head coach.

  8. trbowman says: Dec 23, 2011 8:07 PM

    Uh, the Texans defense didn’t even play badly last night, outside of the penalties.

    When you’re offense barely moves the ball and you only convert one third down, you’re gonna lose 9 times out of 10

  9. mikehockhurtz says: Dec 23, 2011 8:23 PM

    And Cowboys fans are desperate for Jerry to leave.

  10. fafafuey says: Dec 23, 2011 8:34 PM

    Either that or they just arent that good….

  11. sportssportssportssports says: Dec 23, 2011 8:35 PM

    TIM TEBOW is desperate for JESUS to return!!!!!

  12. nationalmediacansuckit says: Dec 23, 2011 8:37 PM

    This whole winning record thing is new for the Texans let alone playoffs. These cats are new money. They are the hillbilly winning the lottery. They’ll be completely broke in a few weeks and back on welfare. Enjoy this new found fame while it last.

  13. thekingdave says: Dec 23, 2011 8:41 PM

    Yeah, #2 defense coming into this game and they “aren’t that good”

  14. fittytuckin says: Dec 23, 2011 9:44 PM

    If Mario Williams, Matt Schaub, and Andre Johnson were healthy this team would be the favorite to come out of the AFC. All you haters can eat a clamburger.

  15. 2difshoe says: Dec 23, 2011 10:04 PM

    Get healthy Wade Phillips !

    All else is secondary !!

  16. ambitoos says: Dec 23, 2011 10:13 PM

    He’ll be back in time to quit to become the Chargers new head coach.

  17. ydnubm says: Dec 23, 2011 10:18 PM

    This whole winning record thing is new for the Texans let alone playoffs. These cats are new money. They are the hillbilly winning the lottery. They’ll be completely broke in a few weeks and back on welfare. Enjoy this new found fame while it last.

    Yeah, definitely. The AFL will never catch on. Unsustainable.

  18. goldrush4949 says: Dec 23, 2011 10:49 PM

    I hate this stupid thumps up thumbs down thing.

  19. yankeesjetsknicksrangers says: Dec 23, 2011 11:25 PM

    I pray we get these Texas clowns in the first round, it will be an easy win..

    You know they say only two things come out of Texas right…….

  20. crindal3000 says: Dec 23, 2011 11:44 PM

    I love thumbs up thumbs down thing.

  21. captcaveman87 says: Dec 24, 2011 12:55 AM

    waccoforflacco says:Dec 23, 2011 7:50 PM

    DUHHHH…why does ole Reggie have a job?

    He’s probably in line for one of those MUST interviews as a head coach.

    If you’re referring to the Rooney Rule, “Ole Reggie” is white… Google Image search takes less than 3 seconds…

  22. justsayin70 says: Dec 24, 2011 1:02 AM

    So the NFL’s #2 defense had played 14 games together and between them and their coaching staff they couldn’t get on the same page well enough to beat a 1-13 team in Wade Phillips’ absence?

    But they are willing to throw a position coach under the bus?

    Weak – very weak.

  23. i10east says: Dec 24, 2011 1:06 AM

    *insert the obligatory ‘Houston, we have a problem’ post*

  24. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 24, 2011 6:47 AM

    Hey, look- how often is anybody in the league “desperate to have Wade Phillips” back on their sideline??

  25. maddenwizkid says: Dec 24, 2011 7:36 AM

    Texans fans have alot to be desperate about these days. Remind me again which team was sucking for luck

  26. koufaxmitzvah says: Dec 24, 2011 9:09 AM

    I know it’s difficult to be sound intelligent when you’re an anonymous internet tough guy, but it might help cut the stupidity if you realize this blog post is based on the musings of an anonymous, third party source.

  27. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Dec 24, 2011 9:23 AM

    i’d be desperate for my teammates to return if i played for the texans

  28. jerruhjones21 says: Dec 24, 2011 10:18 AM

    ambitoos says:Dec 23, 2011 10:13 PM

    He’ll be back in time to quit to become the Chargers new head coach.

    ———————–

    And that will be a major error for the Bolts…

    Wade is the perfect example of the Peter Principle – great coordinator but terrible HC…

  29. jerruhjones21 says: Dec 24, 2011 10:19 AM

    yankeesjetsknicksrangers says:Dec 23, 2011 11:25 PM

    I pray we get these Texas clowns in the first round, it will be an easy win..

    You know they say only two things come out of Texas right…….

    —————————–

    Good Mexican food and girls with too much make-up?

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