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Wade Phillips wants a job, thinks age is working against him


Wade Phillips wasn’t kept on board when the Texans hired Bill O’Brien as their new head coach, and Phillips hasn’t found a new job with any of the NFL’s other 31 teams, either. Phillips is upset about that.

Phillips wrote on Twitter that he is “Disappointed” he hasn’t received so much as an opportunity to interview for a defensive coordinator position. Phillips noted that he has a wealth of experience in the NFL, and the last five times he was hired as a defensive coordinator, the team that hired him made the playoffs in his first year on the job.

So why isn’t anyone calling? Phillips said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he thinks his age may be working against him.

The 66-year-old Phillips isn’t the first to wonder if age is working against him in the NFL. Two Raiders scouts who were let go after the 2012 draft claimed age discrimination, and two former Rams employees claimed in 2012 that they were victims of age discrimination. Phillips doesn’t sound like he’s interested in filing a lawsuit, he’s just interested in getting an opportunity to show he can still be a good defensive coordinator.

If NFL teams are overlooking Phillips because of his age, they’re being shortsighted. And they’re also overlooking that the 76-year-old Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has shown that coaches can succeed in the NFL long after they’re eligible for Social Security.

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74 Responses to “Wade Phillips wants a job, thinks age is working against him”
  1. jdbaker01 says: Jan 16, 2014 1:37 PM

    The team he was the DC for was supposed to be a super bowl contender and instead has the #1 draft pick, maybe that has a little more to do with it.

  2. bigtganks says: Jan 16, 2014 1:37 PM

    Would he be an upgrade of Tarver the DC in Oakland? Is he back next year?

  3. dankinator says: Jan 16, 2014 1:38 PM

    Seems he conveniently left out how awful his defense was this past season.

    He can claim all he wants that they were a top 10 D all he wants. But that’s in yardage allowed, and that doesn’t mean anything when they were in the bottom 8 in points allowed per game and points overall allowed. Who would want to bring that in?

  4. thehoodedgenius says: Jan 16, 2014 1:39 PM

    He’s also set in his ways and runs a predictable defense that top QBs regularly exploit, even when he has the DPoY.

  5. awawego says: Jan 16, 2014 1:39 PM

    I’d have loved him for the Lions – if the 4-3 was in his wheelhouse!

  6. the8man says: Jan 16, 2014 1:39 PM

    Age is working against all of us.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 16, 2014 1:40 PM

    As long as Wade remembers his medications and gets his naps in, he is as good as he ever was.

  8. lonespeed says: Jan 16, 2014 1:41 PM

    Wade meet Michael. Michael meet Wade.

    Wade, Michael thinks he still can be a starting quarterback. Michael, Wade is having problems accepting he’s not head coaching material.

    It might be helpful if you two buddy up and help each other through your delusions. This process worked wonders for Mr. Billick and Mr. Culpepper. They’ve moved on with their lives and we think you guys probably should too.

  9. 52crabcakes says: Jan 16, 2014 1:41 PM

    Age IS working against you Wade. You are not alone. That is just the way it is now.

  10. 1bigtex says: Jan 16, 2014 1:41 PM

    Wade Phillips has enjoyed a seven figure annual income for quite awhile. Additionally, retirement for NFL coaches with Wade’s tenure is quite generous. It might be time to kick back and head for the ranch.

  11. thepftpoetlivesinhismomsbasement says: Jan 16, 2014 1:41 PM

    Ladies & Gents…..get ready for the Phillips Rule.

    All prospective teams in a coaching search must have a mandatory interview with an older, overweight Caucasian going forward.

  12. hrmlss says: Jan 16, 2014 1:44 PM

    He then grabbed his walker and shambled away screaming “Get off my lawn” at the neighborhood kids.

  13. laxman1944 says: Jan 16, 2014 1:44 PM


    Hey Chip, never hurt having another brilliant defensive mind on staff.

  14. bobby927 says: Jan 16, 2014 1:45 PM

    It is likely “The Curse of Doug Flutie” is the reason he can get another job.

    The Flutie Curse:
    Flutie fueled the Bills’ late-season charge to a wild-card spot with a series of last-second wins. He even got his own cereal. First playoff stop: Tennessee. Piece of cake. Flutie can handle these inexperienced chumps. But in a move that has cursed him to this day, then-Bills coach Wade Phillips benched a perfectly healthy Flutie in favor of pretty-boy Rob Johnson. The move almost worked — despite Johnson going 10-for-22, with zero TDs, and six sacks — as the Bills held a 16-15 lead with only seconds left. But thanks to the “Music City Miracle”, you know the rest. Phillips hasn’t won a playoff game since. And you know what they say about karma and female dogs.

  15. bennyb82 says: Jan 16, 2014 1:46 PM

    Regardless of the reason for being out of a job, using twitter to vent cannot possibly help…

  16. bmorell says: Jan 16, 2014 1:46 PM

    Or maybe their afraid to hire him because everywhere he goes his boss gets fired and he takes over ….. hmmmm

  17. 1rockyracoon says: Jan 16, 2014 1:47 PM

    Doesn’t he realize that when he moved up the ladder he pushed a more veteran coach out of the league? New head coaches tend fill their staff with coaches they have worked with on other teams. For example, they will hire a QB coach and make him his OC. Most of the coaches join the staff because they are climbing the coaching ladder. There are only 32 defensive coordinator jobs in the league. I’m guessing he didn’t mind this arrangement when his colleagues were the ones getting the jobs.

  18. howiefeltersnatch says: Jan 16, 2014 1:48 PM

    Could you see him working with Josh McD in Cleveland?

  19. sirsupersouthern says: Jan 16, 2014 1:49 PM

    Yeah, it couldn’t *possibly* be because the Texans D absolutely STUNK last year despite having an abundance of talent, Wade, you fat Bum!

    It makes me sick to my stomach every time someone reaches for the discrimination card when they don’t get something they want. “It’s because I’m old! It’s because of my political views! It’s because I’m whatever I can think of that ignores my glaring lack of success!!!”

    I hope nobody hires Wade due solely to the fact that he’s obviously a trouble making, discrimination card pulling whiner. THOSE are the types I discriminate against – people who whine about discrimination while ignoring their obvious shortcomings…

  20. tvjules says: Jan 16, 2014 1:49 PM

    Age doesn’t seem to be a problem for 73 year old Monte Kiffin and his 32nd ranked defense.

  21. calibear831 says: Jan 16, 2014 1:50 PM

    The Raiders could have gone after him instead of resigning tarver!!!.

  22. jtgush says: Jan 16, 2014 1:51 PM

    Call Green Bay they need the help!

  23. anarchopurplism says: Jan 16, 2014 1:52 PM

    How about you look down a rung before you start complaining. Too good to be a D line or Linebackers coach?

    Its the NFL & it is highly competitive.

    Oh, and whinning typically doesn’t help.

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 16, 2014 1:56 PM

    Wade, just tell people you’re 39.

  25. calicowboysfan86 says: Jan 16, 2014 1:57 PM

    If Kiffin can get a job Phillips can get a job. I’d rather have Phillips back in Dallas as DC.

  26. eustus says: Jan 16, 2014 2:02 PM

    Crying on Twitter and Sirius is never going to land you a job, Son of Bum.

  27. theytukrjobs says: Jan 16, 2014 2:04 PM

    I have a gut feeling that teams feel that Wade Philips doesn’t give them as good of a chance to win as the guy they are hiring instead. Call me crazy.

    Also if you look around the NFL, a lot of teams are hiring cheaper options at D coordinator. My guess is that Wade commands top tier pay. So there is that too.

  28. John A. says: Jan 16, 2014 2:05 PM

    I’ll be 46 this year. So I really do have an appreciation for those who legitimately feel they are being discriminated against because of their (old) age.

    Having said that, no one who ever complains about it ever stops to admit that their YOUTH worked for them back in the day when they were young.

    People want it both ways.

    And Phillips has also certainly been the beneficiary of simply being the son of Bum. He’d almost certainly never have gotten any shot at coaching in the NFL without that.

  29. RockChalkMike says: Jan 16, 2014 2:11 PM

    Phillip’s 66?

  30. dirtydrynn27 says: Jan 16, 2014 2:12 PM

    Id rather have you in Maryland as DC than Jim Haslett

  31. bertyboz says: Jan 16, 2014 2:13 PM

    Too bad the Cowboys weren’t looking for a 3-4 specialist as they don’t mind hiring older guys. Monte Kiffin was 72 when JJ hired him last season but that probably seems young to ol’ Jerruh.

  32. blackstrat says: Jan 16, 2014 2:16 PM

    Ole Wade is a bridge burner.
    He says all manner of ill conceived and timed items.
    Burn enough bridges along the way and opportunities tend to get scarce.
    Just the way it is.

  33. vbbills says: Jan 16, 2014 2:16 PM

    The failure to start Flutie is so overdone. Go watch the game and tell me he could have done any better than R.J. The Bills were down both tackles in that game and a primary reason they were leading was because of RJ. I’m a life long Bills fan and have watched every game for many, many years and vividly remember that season and that game. The Flutie fantasy is the curse.

  34. SparkyGump says: Jan 16, 2014 2:16 PM

    Time to call it a career, Wade. If it weren’t for Bum, you’d be lucky to have a call center job now.

  35. gudy2shoes says: Jan 16, 2014 2:17 PM

    what’s his name, their quarter back, did not play defense. But he did make a few tackle’s.

  36. kevpft says: Jan 16, 2014 2:17 PM

    Dallas, hire him back now! The Kiffin experiment has failed. Move on, quickly!

    Can’t believe no one’s hired Phillips yet. He’s not perfect, but no one is. His DC record is outstanding. If he doesn’t get picked up soon, I’ll be shocked.

  37. htown1035 says: Jan 16, 2014 2:21 PM

    Everyone wants to hire Nick Saban away from Alabama – he’s 62.

  38. milkcan44 says: Jan 16, 2014 2:21 PM

    Anyone knocking Wade’s performance last season in Houston should consider this: When your QB throws interceptions, your defense has to go back on the field. The more time your defense spends on the field, the more statistics they give up.
    Simple rule of football.

  39. 23rdusernameused says: Jan 16, 2014 2:21 PM

    “Phillips noted that he has a wealth of experience in the NFL, and the last five times he was hired as a defensive coordinator, the team that hired him made the playoffs in his first year on the job.”

    I think it’s also a fact that every consecutive year that wade has been a DC, that his teams and players did worse and worse, as the years went by.

    History doesn’t bode ell for you Wade. Maybe it’s time to become history!

  40. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 16, 2014 2:24 PM

    What doesn’t kill you makes you older.

  41. damcmp says: Jan 16, 2014 2:29 PM

    nobody likes a whiner Wade…… you were pitiful begging to be kept on by the Texans….embarassing

  42. GT says: Jan 16, 2014 2:30 PM

    mhm…nothing to do with the fact that he lacks competence and has a horrible track record as a head man. I hear when the Texans needed QB help, he suggested digging up Rob Johnson.

  43. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jan 16, 2014 2:33 PM

    It’s a shame that the most charismatic and successful coach in the history of the NFL is without a job!

  44. pacodawg says: Jan 16, 2014 2:36 PM

    He should get a job. He was awesome in losing a 24 point lead in the second half at home against the colts in week 8. He was embarrassing. He deserves nothing

  45. skittlesareyum says: Jan 16, 2014 2:46 PM

    The Texans did suck this year, but I’d blame it far more on Schaub basically breaking down or whatever happened to him.

  46. thealmightybigblue says: Jan 16, 2014 2:47 PM

    One word…Cleveland

  47. jonkoethe says: Jan 16, 2014 3:15 PM

    Adam begat Seth
    Seth begat Wade Philips…

  48. cameronwarfield says: Jan 16, 2014 3:29 PM

    I understand teams who are in a rebuilding phase not wanting to usher Phillips into the rebranding of their team. Though Phillips was fired by the cowboys it’s poignant to remember that his defenses are always in the top 10 and you can’t possibly blame him solely for his horrendous last season I. Dallas. Wade is a great defensive coordinator and deserves a coordinating job with a team competing for a championship next year because we all know a coordinator or two are departing to be head coaches elsewhere.

  49. kneelbeforesod says: Jan 16, 2014 3:39 PM

    How does age factor into the equation when you always been average (at best)?

  50. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 16, 2014 3:41 PM

    I don’t think Wade is a great HC but as a DC the guy is nails.

    The Texans defense had better numbers this year than last… Still a top 10 defense even with the terrible losing streak.

    In fact if you look at the Texans season, the defense kept most of the games close and the Texans had too many chances to score at the end and win but the QB, no matter who it was, just couldn’t find the guys in the right color jerseys.

  51. alexb1234 says: Jan 16, 2014 3:46 PM

    stop it with the age discrimination….
    You are not getting a job bc you are a terrible HC who has had several chances….not because you are old.

  52. thefiesty1 says: Jan 16, 2014 3:54 PM

    Time to hang up the whistle and enjoy your life in retirement. Before it’s too late to enjoy.

  53. rcali says: Jan 16, 2014 3:59 PM

    Maybe he shouldn’t have spent all his money on bling, fast cars, and fast women.

  54. dualprime says: Jan 16, 2014 4:24 PM

    Don’t understand why people are so hard on Wade!

  55. hrmlss says: Jan 16, 2014 4:30 PM

    Will work for food.

  56. granadafan says: Jan 16, 2014 4:35 PM

    Wade, if you’re interested in college, come to CAL. We need a DC desperately (and a head coach).

  57. rajbais says: Jan 16, 2014 4:37 PM

    Maybe it’s the Texans’ defensive performance and your Twitter account.

  58. thadamntruth says: Jan 16, 2014 4:47 PM

    This guy went from “Hatin” on Peyton Manning…to “Wishing” for a job (All in one damn month)! #Classic

  59. dabillshateme says: Jan 16, 2014 4:53 PM

    Wade’s a good man and a good coach. For all those Bills fans who wanted him out back in 2000 – you clowns deserve Williams-Mularky-Jauron-Gailey.

  60. roadbiscuit says: Jan 16, 2014 5:21 PM

    Wade and Ted Thompson are tight. Thompson was a LB for the Texans when Wade was the LB coach there. Wonder if GB might be able to work him into some kind of role.

  61. vusnu says: Jan 16, 2014 5:29 PM

    Some of the greatest defensive coordinators have been senior citizens. Look at Dick LeBeau for example.

  62. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 16, 2014 5:49 PM

    maybe he can get a job with the Jets, another son of a former legendary HC. I cans stil picture Wade’s dad Bum wearing a cowboy hat and Texas sized belt buckle on the sidelines.

  63. dcstinks says: Jan 16, 2014 5:53 PM


    Its not your age. Its your resume. What accomplishments have you had, other than wrecking the last few teams you were with?

  64. thegreatsantini56 says: Jan 16, 2014 6:07 PM

    I think he could be right, but it could also be that when the ride collapses some of it falls on him.

  65. fiverings37 says: Jan 16, 2014 6:37 PM

    ” Awwwww shucks, I made sure the Texans would get the first pick in the draft, and they STILL fired me!!”-Wade

  66. bobsnygiants says: Jan 16, 2014 7:06 PM

    let’s go Giants

  67. brobroski says: Jan 16, 2014 7:23 PM

    If the Undertaker wanted to resurrect Paul Bearer, Wade Phillips could step in and play the role made famous by the deceased William Moody.

  68. lightofkolob says: Jan 16, 2014 7:42 PM

    Maybe it’s not age. Maybe people remember this guy benching Doug Flutie for Rob Johnson after Flutie took the Bills to the playoffs. After all of these years STILL the worst coaching move I’ve ever seen.

  69. tellthetruth1313 says: Jan 16, 2014 9:03 PM

    Oh Yeah… Where are the STEELERS playing this weekend?

  70. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jan 16, 2014 9:33 PM

    Age???? You suck Wade, except it. LoL, what a clown.

  71. vbbills says: Jan 16, 2014 9:36 PM

    Stat Line for 1999:
    Doug Flutie 478 264 3171 55.2 19/16 75.1

    And Flutie was a turnover machine the year before in the playoffs in a loss to Miami.

    Wade Phillips was the best pure football coach the Bill have had since…Chuck Knox. The decision to start Rob Johnson was justified and didn’t cost the Bills the game. In fact, the widely disregarded “lost shoe play” will always be one of my favorite Bills moments. RJ did a good enough job to put the team in a position to win the game with seconds left, on the road. Kearse and company killed us that game. Wade Phillips did an amazing job with that 1999 team. I would take him on the Bills staff any day of the week.

  72. chriskrankin says: Jan 16, 2014 9:58 PM

    It’s crazy to me how these coaches and scouts cut 100’s of players every year because of age. Look at Dansby and John Abraham (I’m a Cardinals Fan). Both these players were cut for age reasons. But then when scouts or coaches get fired for age they complain that it is age discrimination. What a joke!

  73. laserw says: Jan 16, 2014 10:09 PM

    Phillips really needs to shut his trap. He’s a yutz -that is why he isn’t getting consideration. His success rate is not impressive at all. Perhaps he could be a pet rock coordinator.

  74. Awol.West says: Jan 16, 2014 11:44 PM

    Nothing wrong with the fact that he won’t head coach again. This guy gets a lot of disrespect by fans, every struggling defense should call him and there’s plenty.

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