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Ben Frank
01-04-2014, 02:47 PM
Surprised this isn't up yet..

Thanks Wade for turning our defense into top 3, and #1 in your first year, and thanks for giving us our first defensive player of the year in Watt, you done some great things.. and I appreciate the good you have done.

Bulls on Parade
01-04-2014, 02:51 PM
Classy man. I'm going to miss him.

He was also the life of the party everywhere he went.

http://youtu.be/quNQNDVW6aM

Some team is going to land a great defensive coordinator.

stingray
01-04-2014, 02:53 PM
Thank you Wade. You are class act. Wish you well wherever you go.

JCTexan
01-04-2014, 02:56 PM
Wade helped turn around one of the worst defenses in the NFL and he was a big part in Houston getting to their first two playoff appearances. He shouldn't be out of work long and I wish him well wherever he goes (albeit not the AFC South).

Mr. White
01-04-2014, 02:57 PM
It was nice to have a real defense again. We haven't seen one in decades before he got here.

cstyle42
01-04-2014, 03:02 PM
Gary Kubiak should be thanking him more than anyone...

Vance87
01-04-2014, 03:05 PM
That 2011 Divisional playoff against the Ravens remains, under the circumstances, the best defensive performance by a team I have ever seen.

Heath Shuler
01-04-2014, 03:05 PM
I'm sure it has been an extremely tough year for him.


Thanks Wade.

bah007
01-04-2014, 03:05 PM
We don't win a playoff game without Wade. Thank you sir. Good luck.

robroy72
01-04-2014, 03:08 PM
Classy guy, always took time for fans. We were lucky enough to bump into him when my kids were going to hold the Texas flag before the Pats game

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bakvl1vCUAA4rHj.jpg

When you think what that D was like before he took over, and then the performances the following season, its a helluva feat.

Showtime100
01-04-2014, 03:12 PM
All of you guys said it very well. Nice job to you all.

You too, Wade. Thanks for all your hard work, and nothing but the best in my heart for you and your family.

The Pencil Neck
01-04-2014, 03:35 PM
Thanks, Wade.

It was so good to finally have a defense that could hold on to a lead.

robroy72
01-04-2014, 03:35 PM
If he ends up back in Dallas as the DC, I might even reduce my dislike for the Cowboys to indifference!

Texecutioner
01-04-2014, 03:48 PM
Wade's defense took this team to the playoffs and made Kubiak look average which was a pretty big accomplishment in my book. It's a shame that his defense wasn't able to hold up as far as being a top unit this season, but I'm thankful for some of the strides his defense made. Good luck Wade.

dalemurphy
01-04-2014, 03:55 PM
Thanks, Wade. We're going to miss you!

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/12/09/article-0-166DDE73000005DC-291_634x480.jpg

http://profootballmock.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/NEW-YORK-JETS-COACH-BILL-BELICHICK-HOLDS-UP-LOMBARDI-TROPHY-AFTER-SUPER-BOWL-WIN-300x228.png

http://media.justjared.com/headlines/2013/12/tom-brady-best-buddies-challenge-kickoff-event.jpg

http://cdn04.cdn.gofugyourself.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/july2004_tombrady_51035985-390x265.jpg

gary
01-04-2014, 04:01 PM
Why do some not want Wade and then wish him well?

dalemurphy
01-04-2014, 04:04 PM
Wade's defense took this team to the playoffs and made Kubiak look average which was a pretty big accomplishment in my book. It's a shame that his defense wasn't able to hold up as far as being a top unit this season, but I'm thankful for some of the strides his defense made. Good luck Wade.

Kubiak's offense looked good until the end of last year. Heck, even the special teams were solid until the past three season, or so. Most people around the NFL had a high opinion of Kubiak before Wade got here- not as a great head coach but certainly as a qualified and competent one. His inability hire a DC or oversee it was ludicrous! Painful! Usually when an offensive-minded head coach has a bad defense, it is because he focuses most of the free agent and draft on offensive talent. Kubiak did the opposite. He encouraged most of the high draft picks and expensive free agent signings to build the defense. Still, it was a disaster.

I am grateful to Wade for a magical season: 2011. It was a blast! and very refreshing after years of suffering... I have very fond memories of dominating defensive performances that year: Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Cincy playoff game... I was at all those games and enjoyed the heck out of it! Thanks for that, Wade.

Now, go figure out how to mix and disguise coverages in the secondary.

Brisco_County
01-04-2014, 04:14 PM
I was hoping Wade would stick around. If his defense has Cushing, a huge NT, and mixed zone/man in the back, it remains a top five defense.

The Pencil Neck
01-04-2014, 04:15 PM
Why do some not want Wade and then wish him well?

You don't have to want the guy to continue to be your DC to like him and hope the rest of his life rocks.

The first year of his defense was awesome, the second year of his defense was good, the third year of his defense... not that great. That's been a pattern with him. The knock on him here in Dallas (and in some other places he's coached) is that there's initial success but then a country-club sort of atmosphere sets in and things go to hell.

And that was borne out here.

So I don't want him as my DC or as my HC.

But I can thank him for the good times (and there were good times) and I can wish him all the best because I think he's a great guy. You don't have to hate someone to let the go.

Texecutioner
01-04-2014, 04:17 PM
Kubiak's offense looked good until the end of last year.

Only to people who wanted it to be something it wasn't and was fooled by cherry picked statistics that they tried to use from year to year to excuse the "end of the game" failures and conservative play calling from Kubiak. His stubbornness in key situations killed the team and kept them out of the playoffs the year that Kubiak allowed two players with the same name to botch like 5 games in the final minutes. His loyalty to certain players held the offense back and hurt them in the playoffs as I should have to remind you of Jacoby Jones who should have never been re-signed. His fear of throwing the ball on 3rd downs didn't scare anyone and constantly gave this team a "soft" reputation for having a lack of a killer instinct. No one ever feared the Texans offense as much as you'd like to re-write history because of your admiration for Kubes. A lot of Texans fans did, but those are the same fans that would feel that way about any coach we hire. That's the mentality of a lot of fans that force faith no matter what the situation of the team is.



Heck, even the special teams were solid until the past three season, or so. Most people around the NFL had a high opinion of Kubiak before Wade got here- not as a great head coach but certainly as a qualified and competent one.

No they really didn't. They looked at the Texas as an average team and the only fans that felt that he was anything were in Denver and the people who assumed that Kubiak was some genius the minute he was hired here.If he had any type of great scheme and ability to coach it, he would have learned to adapt it to a present NFL at some point like "real offensive great coaches" have over the years.

His inability hire a DC or oversee it was ludicrous! Painful! Usually when an offensive-minded head coach has a bad defense, it is because he focuses most of the free agent and draft on offensive talent. Kubiak did the opposite. He encouraged most of the high draft picks and expensive free agent signings to build the defense. Still, it was a disaster.

I am grateful to Wade for a magical season: 2011. It was a blast! and very refreshing after years of suffering... I have very fond memories of dominating defensive performances that year: Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Cincy playoff game... I was at all those games and enjoyed the heck out of it! Thanks for that, Wade.


That season was a blast, but I knew the Texans couldn't take the crown with Yates at the helm. I never believed Kubiak could coach a team to a SB either, but the team itself played very well that year and that was mainly the defense which was turned around over night. It was practically a miracle with what Wade did in that off season to transform that defense. It's just a shame that he couldn't sustain that level of great play or at least close to it. They had signs of it from time to time and had their moments, but it looked to be going down hill from here.

Either way, I'm very thankful of Wade and appreciate what he brought to this team at the time, and for the record I didn't want Wade anywhere near this team when he was hired. At least for one season Wade brought some magic!

infantrycak
01-04-2014, 04:19 PM
Why do some not want Wade and then wish him well?

Really, this has to be explained?

Texecutioner
01-04-2014, 04:21 PM
Why do some not want Wade and then wish him well?

I want him gone, because it looks like it is going downhill as far as his defense and his scheme goes. Wade is a great DC, but historically his defenses tend to get worse the longer he coaches on different teams. He has done a pretty good job here over all. If I was NE, I would interview Wade as long as his ideas didn't conflict to much with BB's ideas which would probably be the case. But with Wade's history of first year success with defenses, he could probably really help that unit they have over there.

Just because someone doesn't want them to coach doesn't mean they don't want to wish them well though. I think Wade's a great DC, but our new HC needs to be able to bring in "his guys" so he can have the best chance to succeed at what he wants to do here.

gary
01-04-2014, 04:29 PM
Really, this has to be explained?I wanted him to stay. Good players left the team on the defense then fans say bye.

dalemurphy
01-04-2014, 04:34 PM
Only to people who wanted it to be something it wasn't and was fooled by cherry picked statistics that they tried to use from year to year to excuse the "end of the game" failures and conservative play calling from Kubiak. His stubbornness in key situations killed the team and kept them out of the playoffs the year that Kubiak allowed two players with the same name to botch like 5 games in the final minutes. His loyalty to certain players held the offense back and hurt them in the playoffs as I should have to remind you of Jacoby Jones who should have never been re-signed. His fear of throwing the ball on 3rd downs didn't scare anyone and constantly gave this team a "soft" reputation for having a lack of a killer instinct. No one ever feared the Texans offense as much as you'd like to re-write history because of your admiration for Kubes. A lot of Texans fans did, but those are the same fans that would feel that way about any coach we hire. That's the mentality of a lot of fans that force faith no matter what the situation of the team is.


Look, I'm not wanting to defend Kubiak's qualities as a head coach. I am glad that he was fired and recognized for a number of years that he was limited in that capacity. I just personally liked him. I also believed there was reason for hope despite his limitations. Glad to turn the page...

However, there are not as many quality head coaches as you seem to believe. Many worse head coaches have passed in and out of the NFL the past 10 years. From an NFL-wide perspective, he certainly wouldn't be on many lists of worst head coaches the past decade... Granted, he's not make a top 10 list either. I think Wade and Kubiak are mirror images. They teach a successful system well. A system that works against the majority of the league. However, they lack the dynamic skills, even as coordinators and certainly as head coaches to be positive difference-makers when it really matters... They are slow to adjust in game and even slower to adjust month to month or year to year. They do what they do and do it pretty well. In the right situation, it can look very good for awhile. Eventually, though, it gets exposed.

gary
01-04-2014, 04:39 PM
Asking, why you think now was the right time? Nothing wrong with that.

JCTexan
01-04-2014, 04:41 PM
Asking, why you think now was the right time? Nothing wrong with that.

Because a new HC is coming in and you want him to be able to pick his own staff.

Showtime100
01-04-2014, 04:41 PM
Asking, why you think now was the right time? Nothing wrong with that.

IMO, historically speaking it will not get better, only worse. And there's actually quite a bit of history to draw from.

That, plus I think many here are right. No adjustments before, during, or after a game or season make the Texans dull boys.

Showtime100
01-04-2014, 04:43 PM
Because a new HC is coming in and you want him to be able to pick his own staff.

That too. I'm all about a clean house for him when he sets up shop.

gary
01-04-2014, 04:51 PM
Really, this has to be explained?

Because a new HC is coming in and you want him to be able to pick his own staff.

IMO, historically speaking it will not get better, only worse. And there's actually quite a bit of history to draw from.

That, plus I think many here are right. No adjustments before, during, or after a game or season make the Texans dull boys.Thank you for answering JC and ST. We'll see.

Wolf6151
01-04-2014, 05:33 PM
I wish Wade all the best in the future. If he continues to coach or retires and goes fishing I hope he has much success.

Texecutioner
01-04-2014, 05:38 PM
Look, I'm not wanting to defend Kubiak's qualities as a head coach. I am glad that he was fired and recognized for a number of years that he was limited in that capacity. I just personally liked him. I also believed there was reason for hope despite his limitations. Glad to turn the page...

However, there are not as many quality head coaches as you seem to believe. Many worse head coaches have passed in and out of the NFL the past 10 years. From an NFL-wide perspective, he certainly wouldn't be on many lists of worst head coaches the past decade... Granted, he's not make a top 10 list either. I think Wade and Kubiak are mirror images. They teach a successful system well. A system that works against the majority of the league. However, they lack the dynamic skills, even as coordinators and certainly as head coaches to be positive difference-makers when it really matters... They are slow to adjust in game and even slower to adjust month to month or year to year. They do what they do and do it pretty well. In the right situation, it can look very good for awhile. Eventually, though, it gets exposed.

Well hopefully for the next few years and even past that, we won't be having the same 20 debates every season about our coaching staff Dale. I'm all aboard the O'Brien train and have a lot of confidence in this new regime. It's what I've always wanted for the Texans actually. I just hope that O'Brien can be as smart as I think he has the potential to be on game day. I love his attitude and his approach though. I'm sure that your excited simply being the optimist that you are every season, so this year we just might get to skip all of the coaching debates in the off season we usually have. I'm super excited.

TEXANRED
01-04-2014, 05:41 PM
Here's to you Wade! If not for you we never would have had made it to the playoffs and two division titles.

dalemurphy
01-04-2014, 05:56 PM
Well hopefully for the next few years and even past that, we won't be having the same 20 debates every season about our coaching staff Dale. I'm all aboard the O'Brien train and have a lot of confidence in this new regime. It's what I've always wanted for the Texans actually. I just hope that O'Brien can be as smart as I think he has the potential to be on game day. I love his attitude and his approach though. I'm sure that your excited simply being the optimist that you are every season, so this year we just might get to skip all of the coaching debates in the off season we usually have. I'm super excited.

Oh, I am thrilled!

O'Brien is a stud. I think he will be a great coach... My only concern is his ability to get a good staff put together quickly. I will feel better once the staff has been rounded out. But, yeah, the days of being frustrated with the same, repeated error... and knowing we are marching into big games with only a puncher's chance to win is over! I think Rick Smith has turned into a very good GM... If I am right about that, WATCH OUT!

eriadoc
01-04-2014, 05:58 PM
Why do some not want Wade and then wish him well?

Because the NFL is a performance based league. His defense was a big part of the 2-14 season this year. They gave up 80+ yard drives most games, were terrible in the red zone, and were bottom half of the league in allowing scoring.

But that doesn't mean we think ill of him as a man, and we also appreciate the good work he did in years prior. Then there's the Phillips name. Always wish him well.

Goatcheese
01-04-2014, 06:26 PM
Thanks for the memories Son of Bum. It was great to have the home town boys coaching the Texans while it lasted.

Best of luck in your future endeavors here or elsewhere. Much respect to you and your family.

alphajoker
01-04-2014, 06:41 PM
Thanks Wade! 2011-12 were some fun seasons...2013...meh. Best wishes!

imatexan
01-04-2014, 07:17 PM
Wade the maid Phillips, thank you sir.

bckey
01-04-2014, 07:19 PM
Wade would have to read this for this appreciation thread for it to have the intended effect. But anyway thanks for everything Wade. I appreciate your time here. That first season was special.

burro
01-04-2014, 07:25 PM
I am sincerely thankful for Wade's service to the Texans, he's a class act and turned a complete disgrace of a defense into the league's best in one offseason.

But the reality is that O'Brien should get who he wants on his staff; Wade was hired because Kubiak wasn't capable of hiring a competent DC.

Best of luck Wade, thanks for everything you did here.

CloakNNNdagger
01-04-2014, 08:32 PM
Wade, don't dwell on of yesterday's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow for you..........best of luck, as long as it's not against us.

Sigma
01-04-2014, 09:02 PM
the titans fired munchak after rumors saying that he would have stayed

maybe they plan to take wade as HC? could it be?

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000308920/article/mike-munchak-fired-by-tennessee-titans

Speedy
01-04-2014, 09:08 PM
the titans fired munchak after rumors saying that he would have stayed

maybe they plan to take wade as HC? could it be?

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000308920/article/mike-munchak-fired-by-tennessee-titans

If the son of satan were still breathing, I'd bet the farm on it.

Texecutioner
01-04-2014, 09:12 PM
the titans fired munchak after rumors saying that he would have stayed

maybe they plan to take wade as HC? could it be?

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000308920/article/mike-munchak-fired-by-tennessee-titans

I like Wade, but that wouldn't be a bad thing other than for Wade. He wouldn't be able to win there, and the situation would be just as bad as it became with the Cowboys for him under Jerry. On the other hand it would be good for the Texans as Wade wouldn't create that dangerous of a team in my opinion, so it would be a Titans team that the Texans probably wouldn't have to worry about.

SAMURAITEXAN
01-04-2014, 10:11 PM
Thank you Wade and good luck. Both Wade and Gary have so much tie with Houston and I was hoping they come through for us with a ring however, I guess it was never meant to be. But as a fan of the Texans, I appreciate your time and effort you put on during time with Texans. Again, thank you Wade and Gary. I will miss you both.

MEGA SWATT
01-04-2014, 11:59 PM
Thanks for all your efforts here in Houston. Best of luck in all you do

HJam72
01-05-2014, 09:16 AM
Without Wade we'd have no playoff wins, 1 less division title, and no JJ Watt. :texflag:

speedfreek
01-05-2014, 09:37 AM
Thanks Wade!!

Please don't coach tennessee :vincepalm:

Naija Texan
01-05-2014, 03:26 PM
Thanks to Wade this team at least look presentable in most of its horrible losses this past season where the offense kept trying to kill itself.

Thanks Son of Bum, you at least made 2011 and 2012 great years to be Texans fans.

TheMatrix31
01-05-2014, 04:38 PM
Without Wade we'd have no playoff wins, 1 less division title, and no JJ Watt. :texflag:


Yep. Wade was awesome.

Playoffs
01-05-2014, 04:56 PM
Yep. Wade was awesome.

Agree. Would have been nice to have taken it all the way with him.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kenh_1rKQyw/Tu2Oiy0J9yI/AAAAAAAAVKs/wkCOvE74Y0A/s1600/11Texans+Wade+Phillips2.jpg

revan
01-05-2014, 06:25 PM
Without Wade we'd have no playoff wins, 1 less division title, and no JJ Watt. :texflag:

This!!! Thanks Wade for making a pit stop in Houston.

Sigma
01-06-2014, 08:22 AM
Without Wade we'd have no playoff wins, 1 less division title, and no JJ Watt. :texflag:

why just 1 less division title?

Playoffs
01-06-2014, 09:23 AM
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 @sonofbum

Mr teX
01-06-2014, 09:32 AM
He was the man needed for the job at the time....I appreciate everything he brought, but it was time for him to step down...by the end of the season, the defense looked just as bad as the offense.

Double Barrel
01-06-2014, 11:10 AM
Great story for the Texans first division titles, playoff appearances, and playoff wins.

Big props to Wade for being a part of it. Very cool to have that full circle feeling as an old Oilers fan, to see the former ball-boy turned NFL QB / OC / HC united with the son of Bum to get this franchise over-the-hump of the NFL's wasteland of lost teams.

They did not achieve greatness, but they did achieve goodness and set a standard to at least win the division. My greatest fears as a Texans fan in 2009 was that we were going to suffer a couple of decades like the Saints. Fortunately, all those "firsts" have been taken care of, and Wade was a big part of it.

Best wishes, Wade! And Houston fans will always love you and your family. :texflag:

Playoffs
01-08-2014, 11:32 AM
Wade Phillips ‏@sonofbum
Shouldn't have said anything [about not renewing my Reliant suite] -Texans called & said they accidentally did not charge me last 25K for my suite. Dang-wasn't funny as I thought

Odd fact-the only 3 D C jobs that I was fired from- I was interim H C & interviewed for that team's H C job. Not taking interim again!

I feel bad for Cedric Smith & Matt-best S & C that I have been around. Exceptional discipline & accountability with players

ObsiWan
01-08-2014, 11:53 AM
Without Wade we'd have no playoff wins, 1 less division title, and no JJ Watt. :texflag:
Good points.
I wish the man well.



first his dad dies, then the season sucked, now he gets fired.
2014 has got to be better for him

DX-TEX
01-08-2014, 11:56 AM
Wade Phillips ‏@sonofbum

Wade is coming off bitter and salty.

Showtime100
01-08-2014, 12:08 PM
Wade is coming off bitter and salty.

I wouldn't jump the that conclusion based on stark type. Maybe your right, but I'm guessing he's had the longevity to actually count his blessings after an NFL tenure of his comes to an end. He was paid very well to coach football, something I don't believe is lost on him as long as he's been around.

JMO. :gamer:

Thorn
01-08-2014, 12:10 PM
I can't hate on Wade no matter what he does. If we play against him in the future I hope we beat his ass. Other than that I wish him nothing but the best. SonOfBum is a good man.

Double Barrel
01-08-2014, 12:27 PM
Wade is coming off bitter and salty.

I can relate. Sarcasm is often hard to translate in written form, and I do think Wade can be a bit of a smart-ass at times.

steelbtexan
01-08-2014, 06:25 PM
Thanks for the playoff apearances Wade the memories will be lasting.

HOU-TEX
01-15-2014, 01:50 PM
Wade's getting upset he's not being looked at by anyone.

Wade Phillips ‏@sonofbum 25m
Disappointed not even an interview after 7 straight full seasons of top 10 D with 3 different teams. Last 5 times as D C= playoffs1st yr

CloakNNNdagger
01-31-2014, 12:09 PM
Updates on Wade (Read from bottom to top).

Wade Phillips ‏@sonofbum 1h

Hope my job this year isn't "Welcome to our store".


Wade Phillips ‏@sonofbum Jan 29

Wade Phillips Selling Dallas Home - http://bit.ly/1fcdnV1 ”moving to Houston


Wade Phillips ‏@sonofbum Jan 25

Thanks for the support I have had on Twitter Next yr someone will need a better defense

Wade Phillips ‏@sonofbum Jan 22

Only 32 DC jobs and 31 are taken


Wade Phillips ‏@sonofbum Jan 22

Yes I would go back to where I have been before.I enjoyed and was treated well at all my stops. I just want to help a team win this year.

Playoffs
02-06-2014, 06:41 PM
Wade would consider being hired as a defensive consultant or even as a position coach:

http://houston.cbslocal.com/2014/02/06/wade-phillips-texans-should-draft-manziel/

Nice interview, good guy.

rmartin65
02-06-2014, 06:58 PM
Sounding desperate.

ArlingtonTexan
02-06-2014, 07:37 PM
Sounding desperate.

He must not like Mrs. wade much. at his age and his money made he should be pretty good doing nothing with the ole girl.

Showtime100
02-06-2014, 07:47 PM
Sounding desperate.

Maybe instead of making it rain at clubs across the Houston area he should have been saving his paychecks. :fingergun:

TexansSeminole
02-06-2014, 07:55 PM
Sounding desperate.

Pretty much.

Thorn
02-06-2014, 08:16 PM
I think Wade would be perfect as a high school athletic director. I'll be someone in Houston would hire him and he could stay here instead of moving again.

Wades a great guy, I hope something works out for him.

Playoffs
02-06-2014, 08:36 PM
Sounding desperate.

He just wants to stay in the game.

Some people work to live. Others live to work. Whatever works for you. http://www.realredraider.com/vbulletin/images/smilies/coaching.gif

Brisco_County
02-06-2014, 10:10 PM
He just wants to stay in the game.

Some people work to live. Others live to work. Whatever works for you. http://www.realredraider.com/vbulletin/images/smilies/coaching.gif

Yep. Football has been his entire life. His way of doing good in the world is by coaching young men, and he won't leave it behind until he is physically incapable.