Wade Phillips Hired as Defensive Coordinator for the Texans: Building a Better Defense

Since Wade Phillips has been hired as defensive coordinator and his firing as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, it would be interesting to see his impact on the Texans defense.  On the bright side, he won’t be making decisions on the offensive side of the ball, and he won’t have to deal with Tony Romo and his off-field issues at times.

Given Wade Phillips track record, he originally began as the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles early on his career from 1981 to 1988.   Until 1993, he replaced the Denver Broncos head coach Dan Reeves, but he was fired after a 7-9 record for the Broncos in 1994 in which management felt that he had lost control of the team, much like he did with the Dallas Cowboys in the beginning of the 2010 season.

But life got better when he began coaching for the Buffalo Bills.  He maintained a record of 10-6 and 11-5 in 1998 and 1999 respectively.  Unfortunately, he lost to the Tennessee Titans in the playoffs with Jeff Fisher at the helm of the Titans — otherwise known as the epic Music City Miracle.  Through the “Home Run Throwback,” a series of laterals from the Titans Lorenzo, Frank Wycheck and finally Kevin Dyson, Dyson ran for a 75-yard touchdown down the sidelines.  The Titans won by a score of 22-16.  But that was then, and this is now.

When he inherited the Dallas Cowboys team, the team already had a top-ranked defense and a solid offense with Tony Romo. From a 13-3 record in 2007 to a startling 1-7 record start for the Dallas Cowboys in 2010, the mismanagement of the team caused him to be fired again.

Now he begins anew for the Houston Texans as a defensive coordinator in the AFC South who ended 6-10.  Considering his track record in the AFC, he had generally built a solid, aggressive defense with generally more than 30-plus takeways on their defenses.  He should be able to work with head coach Gary Kubiak and make the adjustments to the 3-4 defensive corps.  Phillips always gives the team’s defenses the necessary boost for a couple of years, but then it always seems to fall after the second season.  The Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys are such examples. Given the inconsistencies this season, hopefully, the Texans offense will be better next season offensively with elite running back Arian Foster and quarterback Matt Schaub to coincide with the Phillips-made defense and defensive schemes.


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