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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Texans candidate watch: Wade Phillips

By Tania Ganguli

The next three weeks will be an audition for Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. He's getting a chance none of the other candidates for the Texans' vacant head coaching job will get: The chance to show Texans owner Bob McNair what he can do running this team, rather than just tell him.

"I’m going to try to influence some things offensively that I feel can help us. I’m not going to take over the offense," Phillips said. "I’ll probably delegate more duties defensively. Also, I have to help with special teams. I’m going to try to be a well-rounded head coach. I think that’s what the head coach does is try to be involved in all aspects of the game. And I’ve done that."

Phillips believes he can still be a good head coach. He considers the end of his last stop as a head coach to be a function of the business.

After the Cowboys fired him, former Texans coach Gary Kubiak hired Phillips to turn around one of the worst defenses in the NFL. It worked.

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