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Old 09-16-2004   #5
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Grid, thanks for finding the article. However, the piece is out of the Port Arthur News, not San Diego.

Great little tidbit about Bud not paying his coaches during the playoffs. Can Titan fans really understand why Houston was so happy when that loser left town?

Regarding Wade Phillips defensive strategy:
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Anybody who watched the game would understand why I needed to talk with Wade. His defense, after giving up 14 first downs and 259 yards the first half, limited Houston to six first downs and 77 yards the second half. The Texans managed just one first down in the fourth quarter against what had been one of the NFL's worst defensive teams the previous two years.

It was pretty obvious from where I was sitting that Wade had made some major halftime adjustments which stifled the Texans.

He confirmed that adjustments were made and that he'd purposely waited until halftime to make them. By holding off until the half, he kept Houston's coaches from having time to make counter adjustments. Based on the results, it's apparent the Texans weren't able to adjust on the fly.

You have to think that's exactly what Phillips, who never got serious consideration when he interviewed for Texans' head coaching job, anticipated.
Waiting until halftime to make planned adjustments seems pretty risky considering that the Chargers never forced a punt in the 1st half. But, they came up with those turnovers, so it worked out for him in the end.
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