Wade Phillips lets Texans know he won’t be renewing his suite

AP

Wade Phillips wanted to serve as the Texans’ head coach.  He didn’t get the job.

After the job went to Bill O’Brien, he reportedly was interested in remaining as the defensive coordinator.  It didn’t happen, with O’Brien reportedly choosing Romeo Crennel.

But the Texans apparently remained interested in having Phillips renew the suite he apparently had purchased for home games.  Wade took to Twitter (@sonofbum) with his response.

“To Texan suite sales-I am sorry,but because of recent changes I will Not renew my purchase of a suite.  Hope u understand. Wade Phillips”

The tweet comes two days after Wade tweeted thanks to Bob McNair and his wife, Janice, for how they treated Wade’s late father, former Oilers coach Bum Phillips.

Wade presumably won’t be out of work for very long.  Any team that runs or wants to run a 3-4 defense should give him a call.

Or maybe it would be better to send him a tweet.

45 responses to “Wade Phillips lets Texans know he won’t be renewing his suite

  1. People get way too caught up in the 3-4 v 4-3 debate, there are 3-4 defenses that play like traditional 4-3 defenses (1 gap responsibilities, smaller penetrating linemen) and 4-3 defenses that play like traditional 3-4 defenses (2 gap responsibilities, big space eating linemen that are asked to anchor and tie up double teams allowing the backers to flow and make tackles).

    Teams shouldn’t hire Phillips because he “runs a 3-4” they should consider hiring him because he’s a good defensive coordinator who should never be considered as a head coach.

  2. Wow, texans classy move. Hey instead of being paid to watch the crap we put on the field, would u like to pay us instead to watch it!! Lol texans are a joke

  3. Wade Phillips to Green Bay seems like a reasonable move. Capers is on the outs and they already have 3-4 personnel.

  4. Considering Phillips’ hometown is Orange, TX, which is just over 90 minutes from Houston, I don’t think it was that crazy or insulting for the Texans to offer him a renewal of his suite at the stadium.

    Still, he and Norv Turner are the textbook definitions of guys who are much better suited as coordinators than head coaches.

  5. Eh, it was probably a blanket email to all suite owners (all of whom should be reconsidering their purchases, frankly). I’m more concerned by that twitter handle — sonofbum? I know that was his father’s name, but… no.

  6. Considering how much attention our DC and OC are getting as potential head coaches, we may have an opening here in the great PNW. Can you be patient until after 2/2/14?

  7. To Coach Wade Phillips – I am sorry,but because of recent team performance, we will not be renewing your contract. Hope u understand. – Texans

  8. I would love for the Raiders to bring in a DC who doesn’t just blitz from everywhere for the hell of it and would know how to truly unleash Sio Moore and Lamarr Houston…I know it’s unlikely but I would be down right giddy to hear the Raiders brought in a Wade Phillips or Ray Horton….

    Excuse me now while I travel back to the real world….

  9. Surely on the day after Wild Card Weekend there are more compelling stories than this. The only thing interesting is that apparently the demand for these tickets is not sufficient for Wade to recoup his seat licenses and such. I know that he is better off than most of us, but my guess is that we are talking about a significant amount of money. Are Texans fans this disillusioned?

  10. joetoronto says:

    He’s a mighty fine DC, definitely not a HC though.

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    In his 2 most recent stints as a HC, he was 29-19 (.604) in Buffalo with 2 playoff trips, and 34-22 (.607) in Dallas with 2 playoff trips. Buffalo has not been to the playoffs since Phillips left, nor has Dallas. Overall, Phillips has a .569 winning percentage as a HC. By comparison, Jeff Fisher is at .533, John Fox is at .557, Marvin Lewis .514, Tom Coughlin .563, and Pete Carroll .594. Pretty comparable records.

    He may not be Vince Lombardi, but he was better than the HCs who replaced him at Buffalo and Dallas. If Dick Lambeau retires, I would not mind seeing Phillips on the Steelers sidelines.

  11. gochargersgo says:

    If I’m Jerry jones, I’m RUNNING to my phone to get a hold of this guy.
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    That is the problem in Dallas. Jerry Jones should not be one the making that phone call, nor that decision.

  12. Ted Thompson interviewed Wade for the HC job in Green Bay before settling on McCarthy. He was also a backup LB for Bum back in the day. If Capers is gone, Wade could replace him.

  13. Texans’ Defense ranked like 5th in the NFL despite their record as a team. Wade won’t be unemployed very long – week at most.

  14. Wade is one of the top 5 defensive coordinators in football. Even with the terrible offense that Texans were putting out there and countless pick 6’s. Defensively they ranked up there with the top teams.

    Some one needs to apologize for this suite mix up. Fire a guy and say we still want your money.

  15. In his 2 most recent stints as a HC, he was 29-19 (.604) in Buffalo with 2 playoff trips, and 34-22 (.607) in Dallas with 2 playoff trips. Buffalo has not been to the playoffs since Phillips left, nor has Dallas.

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    While the above is factually true, what is also factually true is that teams that have Wade Phillips as head coach get worse each year that he is a head coach. Compare his opening year records with Denver, Buffalo, and Dallas with his final year records. Always worse at the end with teams that he his the head coach. Granted, he makes the playoffs in his first year with them but the quality drops off each year.

  16. Kolo Jezdec says:
    Jan 6, 2014 10:54 AM
    joetoronto says:

    He’s a mighty fine DC, definitely not a HC though.

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    In his 2 most recent stints as a HC, he was 29-19 (.604) in Buffalo with 2 playoff trips, and 34-22 (.607) in Dallas with 2 playoff trips. Buffalo has not been to the playoffs since Phillips left, nor has Dallas. Overall, Phillips has a .569 winning percentage as a HC. By comparison, Jeff Fisher is at .533, John Fox is at .557, Marvin Lewis .514, Tom Coughlin .563, and Pete Carroll .594. Pretty comparable records.

    He may not be Vince Lombardi, but he was better than the HCs who replaced him at Buffalo and Dallas. If Dick Lambeau retires, I would not mind seeing Phillips on the Steelers sidelines.
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    When you were spinning your numbers, you forgot to mention that he went from 11-5 in 1999, to 8-8 in 2000.

    If you remember, or if you were even alive, he refused to wear a headset, even when management told him to.

    He then made that classic “We don’t have punt returners on our team, we have punt catchers”, and he was done.

    You remember that, right?

  17. Surely the guys who stuff the envelopes for notification of renewal of suites would notice the names. This isn’t your typical mass mailer. The people/ corporations who buy suites are shelling out serious money, are “VIPs”, and expect more personalized notifications than a generic mass mailer. This is a massive fail by the Texans marketing department.

  18. I’m rather surprised the DC of an NFL club doesn’t get a suite–if not a separate one, then one that would be shared with the OC or HC’s families. It was very kind of Wade if he was paying market price for one.

  19. Wade Phillips has one playoff win in his career as a HC – with Romo in Dallas. He couldn’t win a playoff game in the prime of John Elway’s career in Denver. If you want to make him your DC, go ahead. He runs a sound, not overly-aggressive system. You’ll have a top-8 to top-15 defense that won’t dominate in any one particular category. If you have a young, innovative offensive staff and some dynamic assistants around him on defense, he would be a great fit as an X’s and O’s DC. Do NOT, under ANY circumstances, make him your HC.

  20. These renewal notices are send out automatically by a computer.

    And besides, even if it wasn’t, what’s wrong with them asking him if wants to keep the box? He’s lived in the area most of his life when he wasn’t coaching somewhere else. If he chose to take next year off and live off the money the Texans will have to pay him (his contract runs through 2014), who says he won’t want to go to a few football games?

    Can’t hurt to ask. I really don’t see what the big deal is.

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