KANSAS CITY -- The impact of what happened on Friday night still bore heavily on Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who spoke at the podium after Sunday's game looking pained after the Texans lost to the Chiefs.
"Had a tougher loss this weekend," Phillips said.
Bum Phillips, Wade's father, died on Friday night at the age of 90. The beloved former Houston Oilers coach shaped his son's life in explicit and implicit ways.
On Sunday, Wade's defense, a group that would already do almost anything for their defensive coordinator, wanted badly to win the game for Bum Phillips. There wasn't time for the Texans to honor him as a team, but after sacking Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, J.J. Watt mimed tipping a cap. It was a nod to Bum Phillips' trademark cowboy hat.
"It’s what he wanted me to do; I know that," Wade Phillips said after coaching Sunday's game.
"I tried to do the best I could do, and I thought our players tried to do the same. The reason I’m a coach is because of him. He’s my hero. My high school coach, my college coach. Coached for him and with him for 11 years. I was really lucky to have all those years with him.
"They tell you it’s going to happen," he said. He paused.
"I’m glad I got to see him one more time."