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Phillips Would Like To Stick As Texans Defensive Coordinator

Wade Phillips would have liked to become the Texans head coach but the team hired Bill O’Brien from Penn State.

Phillips told Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle he would like to remain as the team’s defensive coordinator.

“I don’t know what their feeling is, not knowing the guy,” Phillips said. “Usually, when somebody gets a job and you don’t know anything, you’re probably not involved. But I don’t know that for a fact. Rick made that clear before they hired a coach that he wanted everybody (currently under contract) to interview — if they wanted to — with the new coach, whoever it was.”

But Phillips admitted, “(O’Brien) may just say, ‘Hey, we don’t need you.’?”

He insisted he had no animosity toward Smith and Texans owner Bob McNair for looking outside the organization following the 2-14 team’s free-fall collapse in a season that began with Super Bowl aspirations. Kubiak, in his eighth season, was terminated after the Texans’ 11th consecutive defeat, and Phillips was unable to deliver a victory in the final three games.

“I think they felt (O’Brien) was best for their football team, and I can deal with that,” Phillips said. “I trust (the Texans’) ownership, and they made the decision they made. They felt they did what’s best for their football team, and I can deal with that. I told them I appreciated them letting me know.”


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