Friday, December 31, 2010
Wade Phillips didn't stay down for long
By Dan Graziano
Despite a 5-10 record, the Houston Texans will bring back head coach Gary Kubiak for a sixth season and hire former Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator, according to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain.
I can't believe that owner Bob McNair is patient enough to stick with Kubiak after another disappointing season, but apparently he thinks bringing back the son of Bum might finally spark this defense. Phillips has a good track record as a defensive coordinator and his family is beloved in Houston. It actually sounds like a good fit.
McClain also mentions the possibility of Phillips hiring University of Houston defensive coordinator Brian Stewart as his secondary coach. Stewart was Phillips' defensive coordinator with the Cowboys in '07 and '08 before being fired. Stewart coached the Eagles' secondary in '09 before joining Kevin Sumlin's staff at Houston this past season.
If Phillips can do for the Texans what he once did for the San Diego Chargers, there's reason for hope in Houston. But fans should also note that this is the same man who had a group of players in Dallas quit on him this season before finally getting him fired after eight games.