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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wade Phillips on 300-yard passing games

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

There have been 23 300-yard passing games in the NFL through two weeks.

Wade Phillips helped put that in context from the defensive side of things for Houston reporters on Thursday.
“If you’re throwing it 50 times a game, you’re going to make some passing yardage. Teams are throwing it quite a bit. I think that’s part of it. You can average five yards an attempt and be the best pass defense team in the league and they throw it 60 times and they throw for 300 yards. It just depends on how many times they throw and how many big plays you give up. It seems like there’s a lot of big plays in the league and people have opened up.”

NFL offenses have been opening up more and more.

Sunday, when the Saints host the Texans, we could see a great shootout between two teams who can usually move the ball.

While Houston’s offense sorts out the blitzes dialed up by New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, Phillips’ unit will be charged with slowing down Drew Brees.

“Decision-maker,” Phillips said when asked about Brees. “All the great quarterbacks are great decision-makers. He can make a play when nobody else can. He can move around in the pocket and find somebody that’s barely off their man. He’s a great guy to be around. He’s a great leader. I can’t say enough great things about Drew Brees, because that’s what he is.”