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Wade Phillips is willing to stay as defensive coordinator


Wade Phillips was hoping he’d be the one making staffing calls in Houston.

But after the Texans hired Bill O’Brien as head coach, the veteran coach said he’d be willing to stay on as defensive coordinator, but didn’t know if O’Brien was interested in that.

Phillips served as interim head coach after Gary Kubiak was fired, and interviewed for the job last Thursday. He admitted disappointment to Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle, saying he wasn’t sure if he’d have a role on O’Brien’s staff or not, after getting the news from General Manager Rick Smith.

“We’re all supposed to come in next week and see what our status is,” Phillips said. “I don’t know what their feeling is, not knowing the guy. Usually when somebody gets a job and you don’t know anything, you’re probably not involved. But I don’t know that for a fact.”

O’Brien is expected to bring receivers coach Stan Hixson with him from Penn State, but no other staff decisions are known.

“I think they felt [O’Brien] was best for their football team and I can deal with that,” he said. “I trust ownership and they made the decision they made. They felt they did what’s best for their football team and I can deal with that. I told them I appreciated them letting me know.”

The 66-year-old Phillips has a year left on his contract, and said he was not thinking about retiring. His track record of success as a coordinator should guarantee he lands on his feet, in Houston or elsewhere.

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23 Responses to “Wade Phillips is willing to stay as defensive coordinator”
  1. floratiotime says: Jan 1, 2014 5:02 PM

    Yes, but will the Dallas failure stink have worn off by then ?

  2. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 1, 2014 5:04 PM

    Texans were 7th in yard per game given up, but 24th in the stat that matters the most, points allowed.

    I expect O’Brien will send Phillips out the door in the immediate future.

  3. wheresmyjuice says: Jan 1, 2014 5:07 PM

    Class act and he’s done well with that defense. I hope they keep him.

  4. jakethesnake123 says: Jan 1, 2014 5:10 PM

    Ya, how many of those points were off pick six’s, turnovers and poor special teams play.

  5. alshonbrandontandem says: Jan 1, 2014 5:16 PM

    After Dallas fire’s their 103 yr old def coord, you can go back there.

  6. dualprime says: Jan 1, 2014 5:16 PM

    Given the circumstances, Wade’s defense did their part. The slightest hint of a good offense and the Texans win more games, possibly their division.

  7. cwk22 says: Jan 1, 2014 5:18 PM

    Too many of the points were due to the offensive letting them down. That’s not the fault of the defense

  8. therealraider says: Jan 1, 2014 5:19 PM

    Any coach that mocks Peyton Manning should be fired for either being a buffoon or simply not taking his job seriously.

  9. jerrysshadescleaner says: Jan 1, 2014 5:34 PM

    Still not gonna have the def that panthers have, that’s why they the best in the nfl

  10. mysonzdad says: Jan 1, 2014 5:36 PM

    Sure…perpetuate the Flutie curse…hope he does stay

  11. damcmp says: Jan 1, 2014 5:43 PM

    Points points!!!! and knowing what is going on in a game…..Playing the run when it was obvious Peyton was going to go for his 51st TD pass…….Wade doesn’t have a CLUE!!!!! Fire Him!!

  12. lennydpocketqb says: Jan 1, 2014 5:52 PM


  13. damcmp says: Jan 1, 2014 5:55 PM

    Still a bunch of koolaid drinkers and delued dreamers out there….428-35(pts from pick sixes)=395 and 42 in point allowed by a good margin.

  14. chawk12thman says: Jan 1, 2014 6:06 PM

    Of course he says he is willing to stay….He knows they likely won’t keep him and they would then owe him the final year of contract…….He quits and loses that money, so his stance is to be expected.

  15. drs76109 says: Jan 1, 2014 6:09 PM

    I’ve got an idea: Dallas hires him as “HC-Defense”. They keep Garrett as “HC-Offense” and if necessary,name Jones as “Executive HC” in addition to GM, etc.

    It could be an interesting paradigm. It would ameliorate one issue with Dallas, with Garrett really not a competent HC overall.

  16. realfootballfan says: Jan 1, 2014 6:10 PM

    Ah, that’s not going to happen Wade. Your defense sucked since the middle of last year, even though everyone wants to give you an injury pass for how bad things got this year. Be easy.

  17. drs76109 says: Jan 1, 2014 6:11 PM

    Or, bring back Wade to Dallas as HC and hire Norv Turner as OC. That way he has a competent person to oversee offense.

  18. texanfan62 says: Jan 1, 2014 6:21 PM

    I think that the Texans defense was put in really bad positions throughout the year because of turnovers from the Offense. Although, Houston’s Defensive Backfield and Linebackers really struggled to stop the Pass. I hope they retain Wade, but if not, then Romeo Crenel would be good. A 3-4 Coach, with 3-4 personnel.

  19. pv1960 says: Jan 1, 2014 7:29 PM

    Who would want this stupid hillbilly as a HC?

  20. phaktor333 says: Jan 1, 2014 7:33 PM

    Fat chance, fat man.

  21. brianc34 says: Jan 1, 2014 7:45 PM

    If you don’t think he will go somewhere and turn them around in 1 year, then you don’t know much about the NFL and you know absolutely nothing about Wade as a DC.

  22. fatsolio says: Jan 1, 2014 7:45 PM

    Wow, isn’t that nice of him. So this O’Brien guy could be so honored to keep around a mediocre coordinator/coach who is vastly overrated. Just look at the ebatings that defense takes whenever they play a team with a good offense/QB.

    Blows my mind how Wade still has a job in this league. Oh wait, no it doesn’t since this league is mainly filled with poor quality coaches and coordinators.

  23. badmoonrison says: Jan 1, 2014 8:25 PM

    It would be a shock if Dallas kept Great Grandpa Kiffin around another year. The man looks like a walking corpse.

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