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Phillips: Keenum starting was a “team decision”


Under ordinary circumstances, an underachieving team firing a coach and making a quarterback change would be headline stuff.

But with the dumpster fire that is the Redskins raging as we speak, the Texans are barely a smoldering trash can.

Interim coach Wade Phillips just said, among other things, that Case Keenum starting at quarterback was a “team decision,” via Tania Ganguli of

If by “team” he means “owner Bob McNair said so as part of me being an interim coach again,” then yes.

Phillips said that Matt Schaub would likely back up, since T.J. Yates had a back injury. Asked how that happened, Phillips replied “I don’t know. Sitting on the bench, I guess.”

Schaub has come on in relief in two of the last four games, and Phillips said Keenum deserves a chance to show he can work his way out of trouble. Of course, Gary Kubiak making that might is likely a large part of the reason Phillips is interim coach again, as of Monday morning.

Phillips also said he’d discuss playcalling responsibilities with offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, which is a step short of an endorsement.

Phillips is in an odd spot, because he’s going to interview for the head coaching job while trying to bail a leaking ship for three more weeks. He declined to answer whether he’d consider being defensive coordinator again, which makes sense as he’s applying for the head coaching job.

It’s all very awkward. Of course, compared to what’s going on in D.C., it’s barely uncomfortable at all.

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8 Responses to “Phillips: Keenum starting was a “team decision””
  1. 5150cd says: Dec 9, 2013 3:44 PM

    Asked how that happened, Phillips replied “I don’t know. Sitting on the bench, I guess.”

    Did I just start loving Wade Phillips?!

  2. dankinator says: Dec 9, 2013 3:48 PM

    I don’t get why they’d give him the job to begin with. His defense has pretty much sucked just as much, if not more, than the offense has this year.

    They can claim they’re good in passing and rushing yards per game, but that doesn’t mean squat when they’re ranked as the 5th worst team at giving up points and therefor, wins.

    Hell, I’d consider replacing him as DC. Not even considering him as HC material ever again.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 9, 2013 4:01 PM

    Wade made sure to point out that it was a team decision, because….. well….as every sports fan knows, “you can’t fire the team”.

  4. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Dec 9, 2013 4:21 PM

    Guess the Houston locker room is no longer Matt Schaub fans

  5. firehouse70 says: Dec 9, 2013 4:49 PM

    “I guess sitting on the bench”- HILARIOUS!

  6. dualprime says: Dec 9, 2013 5:04 PM

    His dad passed away, one of his best friends just got fired and the season is a wreck. I wouldn’t blame him for flipping off the entire press corps.

  7. jagsandliquor says: Dec 9, 2013 6:05 PM

    That sitting on the bench crack was genius.

  8. texansdude says: Dec 9, 2013 7:42 PM

    He is a funny guy. He was a lot funnier a year ago when they were 11-1. 3-14 since just can’t make me laugh……

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