Wade Phillips Being Courted by the Buccaneers
Patrick D. Starr
After the biggest win in the franchise history the Houston Texans nation was hit with a big buzz kill finding out that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached out to the Texans and is seeking permission to talk to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips for their head coaching vacancy.
Phillips has been the biggest factor for the Texans defensive turn around and this was on display in the Texans first playoff game when they accounted for 4 sacks and 3 interceptions to spark a convincing win against the Cincinnati Bengals.
He has led the Texans defense to a shade of what they were in 2010:
2011 Ranks 2010 Ranks
4th in Points against (17.4) 30th in points against (26.7)
2nd in yards per game (285.7) 30th in yards per game (376.9)
3rd in passing ypg (189.7) 32nd in passing ypg (267.5)
4th in rushing ypg (96.0) 13th in passing ypg (109.4)
The only issue that we may have is the fact he is not waiting for the Texans season to end before he interviews, and he is set to visit Tampa Bay this Friday. If he is the right fit, that is yet to be seen. It is known he wants to be a head coach once again, but he also says he loves being in his hometown of Houston.
Whatever he is thinking is fine, but the timing is bad, especially with the Texans in the hunt for the AFC Championship. He is well-respected by his defensive players and the city of Houston, and know he is the biggest difference for the Texans success in 2011.