Texans hire Phillips as defensive coordinator

Posted Jan. 05, 2011 @ 5:37 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Texans hired former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips as their defensive coordinator on Wednesday, the club announced.

Phillips, 63, has been a defensive coordinator for the Saints, Eagles, Broncos, Bills, Falcons, Chargers and Cowboys. He led Dallas to a 34-22 record as head coach but was fired in November when Dallas started 1-7. Phillips also had stints as a head coach with the Bills and Broncos.

The Texans retained head coach Gary Kubiak on Monday but fired defensive coordinator Frank Bush and three other defensive assistants. Houston allowed the third-most yards in the NFL this season and ranked last in pass defense.

The way we see it

Phillips is expected to install a 3-4 scheme, and personnel changes on defense could be in the offing. The Texans wasted little time securing Phillips' services after such a disappointing season, when Houston missed the playoffs for the ninth consecutive time.