Wade Phillips is learning 'new rules'

December, 23, 2013
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Even when he was just the Texans' defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips wasn't shy about letting us know when he disagreed with the way something was called, or a rule.

Now as interim head coach, Phillips continues that trend.

Asked about one of Peyton Manning's fourth-quarter touchdowns, Phillips interrupted the question to make this point:

"I didn’t realize this year that there’s a new rule that if you can juggle the ball all the way through the end zone that it’s a touchdown," Phillips said. "But I guess we’ve got a new rule there, along with pass interference. I think there’s an arm bar and then there’s grabbing a guy when he’s catching a ball and evidently, there’s one where the ball is thrown over his head and nobody touches him and it’s pass interference. There’s a couple new things that I’ve learned since being a head coach."

The juggling to which he refers came on one of Broncos' receiver Eric Decker's touchdown catches. Decker caught the ball awkwardly near his hip. In watching the replay, I didn't think the ball moved, and the officials ruled that way, too, but many others disagreed. Phillips is one of those people.

And of course, pass interference has been a project of Phillips' all season. Last week he asked the NFL for an explanation on a pass interference called on inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton that led to a Colts touchdown.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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