Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips didn’t pull any punches when asked what this season has been like.
“Well, it’s obviously a nightmare,” Phillips said on a conference call with Indianapolis reporters. “It’s been so many games and so close, and just not being able to make the one or two plays. It’s not like we’re getting beat by 20 points every game, so it’s been very frustrating.”
Phillips is right, to a point: The Texans’ last seven losses have all been by seven points or fewer. Of course, one of Houston’s two wins came on a field goal as time expired, and the other was in overtime. So while you can say that the Texans have been only one or two plays away from winning any of their last seven games, you can also say the Texans are only a couple plays away from being 0-13.
Still, Phillips says it’s frustrating because the Texans are losing a lot of games they think they can win.
“You feel like you can win, but we haven’t,” Phillips said.
Some would say the best thing for the future of the franchise would be to lose their last three games and earn the first pick in the draft. But Phillips doesn’t see it that way.
“It’s pride and people are playing for their jobs and coaching for their jobs, obviously,” Phillips said.
Phillips is coaching for an opportunity to keep his job, and to get the “interim” removed from his title. He’d like to think he’s the man to keep the Texans’ 2014 season from being a repeat nightmare.