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Old 10-07-2012   #1
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Default Texans' Wade Phillips would like a head-coaching gig

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The son of iconic 89-year-old former Houston Oilers head coach Bum Phillips, Wade would love to get one last shot to show what he can do as sideline head of a franchise.

"I'd love to be a head coach again,'' Phillips told USA TODAY Sports. "I don't think I'll get that opportunity. I think just age. And I think people tend to think I wasn't successful as a head coach but only as a defensive coordinator.

"They don't look at my record. They say, 'Oh, you got fired here. You got fired there. So you're not a good head coach.'

"But that's all right, I love it here.''
USA TODAY 10/7/12

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I am surprised he didn't go after the Tampa Bay job last year.

Wade Phillps was hired as the Dallas coach when he was 60. Marv Levy was hired when he was 61. Dick Vermeil was hired when he was 65. These are the oldest NFL head coach hires I can recall. Vermeil of course, had a superbowl victory and superbowl appearance though. We have seen the trend go back towards younger, coordinatos and younger re-treads. Guys in their 40s and 50s are getting the jobs.

Wade is correct that as he gets older it will get tougher and tougher to get a Head coaching gig. He is already 65 years old. Next year, he would be 66 before the first game is played. I think this is the make it or break it offseason for him. If he is not offered and odes not take a head coaching job this upcoming offseason, he will be 67 years old. It will be tough for a GM to hire a 67 year old head coach in the NFL.
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I am surprised he didn't go after the Tampa Bay job last year.
I'm not. The fact that, after thinking about it, he declined to even meet with the Bucs tells you something about that organization. They're already two for two in local television blackouts. A black hole.
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I'm not. The fact that, after thinking about it, he declined to even meet with the Bucs tells you something about that organization. They're already two for two in local television blackouts. A black hole.
I'm not surprised that he didn't have interest in the Bucs either, but if he truly wants to be a HC again, I hope he gets his shot.

But I hope he stays in the AFC. Supposedly the Chargers are going to be looking for a defensively oriented HC if they don't improve this year.
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Default Re: Texans' Wade Phillips would like a head-coaching gig

In this thread we watch GP throw a spoiled petulant child-like fit over things he has no control over at all.
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Default Re: Texans' Wade Phillips would like a head-coaching gig

Wade has an 82-59 regular season but only 1-5 in the playoffs.
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In this thread we watch GP throw a spoiled petulant child-like fit over things he has no control over at all.
I don't have control over it?!?!? Wow, what a news flash.

This just in: Captain Obvious adds nothing to the thread except a personal insult. Whoops, now I am being Captain Obvious.

I guess it must be feeding time for trolls.
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Yeah Wade. We love you here. Stick around and enjoy life in Houston.
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Default Re: Texans' Wade Phillips would like a head-coaching gig

I understand pride and ego play a big part in him wanting to be a HC again but its not like the guy is "settling" for a job here.

Highest paid DC in the league, in his hometown where his family is put on a throne and revered.
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I understand pride and ego play a big part in him wanting to be a HC again but its not like the guy is "settling" for a job here.

Highest paid DC in the league, in his hometown where his family is put on a throne and revered.
Agree.

Also, I don't think it's necessarily age. I think some owners are so desperate that they'd hire an experienced head coach, regardless of age. I just think Wade has been labeled "Mediocre head coach, outstanding Defensive Coordinator."

The head coaching gig is very big picture. Wade's been fired several times from that job, so, it looks to a lot of people like he can't lead. And that's ok. He's still an amazingly experienced coach, has an astonishing eye for recruiting (JJ Watt, aka, WHO?) and is a great defensive coordinator.
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Sometimes I think he puts this stuff out there to make sure McNair keeps himself one of the highest paid. I am half sarcastic, half joking, and half honest.
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Hope he stays forever but I can see him getting offered a HC gig that he wants.
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Sometimes I think he puts this stuff out there to make sure McNair keeps himself one of the highest paid. I am half sarcastic, half joking, and half honest.
Or half hoping.
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Sometimes I think he puts this stuff out there to make sure McNair keeps himself one of the highest paid. I am half sarcastic, half joking, and half honest.
Lol. Trust me, McNair knows what Wade has done for his franchise. There's no need for Wade to pull anything like this to stay on McNair's radar.

Kubiak put the franchise on the map, but, Wade elevated it to the upper-level of the NFL. McNair knows that.
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Who else on our team is even getting asked these questions? Behind Kubes, Son of Bum is the most high profile staff member we have. I would argue that most people outside of the Texans fan base are probably more familiar to the name Phillips. He is simply being honest and anyone with half a brain knows that a HC gig would be a strong temptation for ANYONE not already a HC. Also, if our players are so mentally weak that something like this will distract them, then they deserve to lose. Contenders are not that mentally fragile. Real men nut up. Besides, you talk about McNair making Phillips the highest DC like Phillips owes McNair or something. Phillips has already turned our piss poor, pathetic squad from 2010 into the most aggressive and possibly the most feared defenses in the span of less than 2 years. He has ALREADY earned his pay and more. The NFL is a business and it is HIS business to discuss or consider future HC gigs.
Exactly. He's the only one on the staff deserving of a HC position. Even Dennison would be a surprise if he was offered a HC job.

If the defense keeps this up, I'd be surprised (happily surprised) to see Wade back with us next season.
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IIRC, Wade doesn't have an agent, and neither does Kubiak. And Wade can not stop the press from asking questions.
They are not foolish enough to represent themselves with millions of dollars on the line. They have counsel, trust me.

As to your second point: Yes, Wade can decline to answer questions. Media can ask the question, Wade can decline to comment.

I wanted Wade Phillips to cement his legacy with Houston, not USE Houston as a stepping stone to a HC job that he'll just regret taking anyways.

Free country, and all that jazz, so he can do what he wants....but as a Texans fan it feels like he could do better by all of us than two straight years of Wade floating out the whole "Aww shucks, I like it here...but I could be a HC again...but oh how I really like it here..." stuff. He should just make the jump whenever he wants, I'm done.
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