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The Texans are hopeful that defensive coordinator Wade Phillips (kidney surgery) can coach from the coaches' box in Week 17.
Phillips was at the Texans' team facility Monday for two hours. The Texans initially believed Phillips would be out of commission for just 7-10 days, but we're now on day 12 of his absence from the sidelines and practices. It is perhaps by no coincidence that Houston is 0-2 since Phillips had surgery. Mon, Dec 26, 2011 03:32:00 PM

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Updating an earlier item, Texans DC Wade Phillips is undergoing surgery for a kidney condition, and is expected to be away from the team for only 7-10 days.

Phillips was initially expected to be gone for "a couple weeks." The improved prognosis is excellent news for a Texans team that has caught an unbelievable number of bad breaks despite its 10-3 record. After allowing 26.7 points per game in 2010, the Texans have allowed an average of just 16 in Phillips' first year with Houston.
Wed, Dec 14, 2011 04:26:00 PM

Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is taking a medical leave of absence in order to undergo an unknown surgical procedure.

Phillips is expected to be away from the team for "a couple weeks." The details of his issue are unknown right now. Phillips has had perhaps the biggest impact of any coaching move this season, transforming a Houston defense that was ranked 29th last season into a top-5 unit this season. Linebackers coach Reggie Herring, Phillips' "right-hand man" in Dallas, will be the interim coordinator.
Wed, Dec 14, 2011 10:23:00 AM

Texans hired Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator.

Phillips had a tough go of it as the Cowboys' 2010 head coach, but there's no question that he was the finest defensive coordinator prospect on the open market. In his last stint as defensive boss (San Diego, 2004-2006), the Chargers leaped from 29th to fifth to first in the league in sacks, and a pass rush is what Houston so desperately needs to take pressure off its young secondary. Phillips will also be charged with making the Texans' defense more physical, probably implementing a 3-4 scheme.
Wed, Jan 5, 2011 05:31:00 PM

Bob Allen of ABC 13 in Houston reports ex-Cowboys coach Wade Phillips will be hired as the Texans' defensive coordinator.

According to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, though, Phillips is denying Allen's report. Phillips is scheduled to be interviewed Wednesday, and it sounds like the Texans are prepared to offer him the job at that time. The Texans also have openings for linebackers coach and secondary coach.
Wed, Jan 5, 2011 08:22:00 AM

Coach Gary Kubiak reportedly reached out to Marvin Lewis about the Texans' vacant defensive coordinator job before Lewis re-signed in Cincinnati.

Ex-Cowboys coach Wade Phillips recently confirmed that he's interested in the Texans job, but this is a sign that his hiring is not written in stone. Phillips' 3-4 scheme would be a major transition for a franchise that has invested heavily in Mario Williams, Amobi Okoye, and Antonio Smith.
Tue, Jan 4, 2011 07:09:00 PM

Ex-Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips confirmed late Monday that he is interested in the Texans' defensive coordinator vacancy.

"Yes, I am interested," Phillips said. "I know the owner and coach. I like them, and they’re guys I’d like to work for." Coach Gary Kubiak also confirmed Monday that Phillips will be interviewed. It's his job if he wants it.
Tue, Jan 4, 2011 12:20:00 AM

Texans fired defensive coordinator Frank Bush.

The most obvious coordinator firing of the offseason. Bush ran the worst defense in the league in 2010, a unit that ranked dead last against the pass and allowed the second most points in the AFC. The Texans are expected to hire ex-Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips to take over their defense. Bush is followed out the door by defensive backs coach David Gibbs.
Mon, Jan 3, 2011 02:23:00 PM

Frank Bush, unsurprisingly, doesn't expect to return as Texans defensive coordinator in 2011.

That's what happens when you have, bar none, the worst defense in the game. "I've got to find a way to sell myself to another organization," Bush said. "I'll stay positive. I'll stay upbeat. I'll keep believing in the things I do." Bush might resurface somewhere as a linebackers coach. The Texans are fully expected to replace him with ex-Cowboys HC Wade Phillips.
Fri, Dec 31, 2010 05:20:00 PM

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain seconds an NFL Network report that "indications" are owner Bob McNair will keep Gary Kubiak as head coach while hiring Wade Phillips to run the defense.

According to McClain, only an unexpected blowout at the hands of the Jaguars would case McNair to have "an 11th-hour change of heart." It sounds like it's been decided and all but officially announced. McNair believes in Kubiak's offensive touch, but he's bringing in Phillips to improve the defense "dramatically." Phillips and Kubiak have worked together before, and Phillips' track record is much better than Kubiak's two previous defensive bosses. It's an arrangement that makes plenty of sense.
Thu, Dec 30, 2010 11:11:00 PM

NFL Network's Jason La Canfora passes along "rumblings" that ex-Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips could land on the Texans' 2011 staff as defensive coordinator.

It would be quite a coup for the Texans, who have plenty of talent but still fielded the worst defense in football this season. This is more confirmation that Gary Kubiak will return as head coach. Phillips is a native Texan and has plenty of background with Kubiak, dating back even to Kubiak's days as John Elway's backup with the Broncos. On paper, it looks like a perfect match.
Wed, Dec 29, 2010 01:49:00 PM

No timetable has been set for the league to rule on charges that the Texans conducted one-on-one pass rushing drills, illegal in the off-season.

Commissioner Roger Goodell may go light on the team since this is a first offense of this sort. However, the collective bargaining agreement doesn't specify punishments for minicamp violations, so he could also run wild and punish them by taking away a week of OTA's or levying a significant fine.
Sat, Feb 7, 2009 09:35:00 AM

Texans promoted senior assistant Frank Bush to defensive coordinator.

Bush worked closely with the defensive line for the past two years and has experience as an LBs coach. While not a sexy hire, Bush was the guy Gary Kubiak wanted as coordinator two years ago. Arizona wouldn't let him out of his contract. The Texans have pieces in place (Mario Williams, Amobi Okoye, DeMeco Ryans), but figure to add several new defensive starters this spring.
Tue, Jan 13, 2009 02:25:00 PM

Updating a previous item, ex-Lions coach Rod Marinelli was interviewing for the Texans defensive line coaching job as opposed to the defensive coordinator position.

Marinelli has an offer for the same position on the Bears, and he's expected to make a decision by early next week.
Fri, Jan 9, 2009 12:29:00 PM

The Texans are interviewing ex-Lions coach Rod Marinelli Thursday for their vacancy at defensive coordinator.

Houston becomes the third team to court Marinelli; Chicago and Seattle also have him on their radars. Marinelli has never been a coordinator before, having only coached the Bucs' defensive line before his ugly stint in Motown.
Thu, Jan 8, 2009 12:34:00 PM

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