Texans name Wade Phillips as interim head coach

Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:05:00 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 06 2013 03:09:45 PM CST

The Houston Texans have named defensive coordinator Wade Phillips as the team's interim head coach while Gary Kubiak recovers  from a mini-stroke he suffered at last Sunday's game.


The Houston Texans have named defensive coordinator Wade Phillips as the team's interim head coach.

The team announced their decision Wednesday morning.

"The Houston Texans announce that Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips will assume the role as interim head coach," wrote the team in a news release.

Phillips, a former head coach for the Dallas Cowboys, took over as head coach Sunday night after Gary Kubiak collapsed during halftime of the Texans-Colts game.

The Texans went on to lose the game 27-24 after leading the Colts 21-3 at the half.

Kubiak was released from the hospital on Tuesday after suffering a mini-stroke Sunday night.

During Wednesday afternoon's press conference, Phillips spoke to the media about his experience, the team's strategy for the upcoming week and what he expects out of his players.

"I’m going to need a lot of help from my offensive staff and the defensive coaches because I’ll have other duties," said Phillips.

Phillips says as head coach he'll be making the big decisions.

"That’s the good thing about being in the league for this long. I’ve seen a lot of them (game time decisions) and think I can make good ones." said Phillips.

Phillips brings more than 33 years of experience of either being a coordinator or a head coach.

"There’s a certain amount of work that you have to do," said Phillips. "There’s a lot of stress involve. It’s like not being president, but it’s close."

Phillips also spoke about his confidence in quarterback Case Keenum.

"I think he’s (Keenum) played really well," said Phillips. "He deserves the opportunity to keep doing it. With a young quarterback, you can’t do too much.  You can only do what he can do. Stick with what he can do and don’t veer too far from that."

Nearly three weeks ago, Phillips' father, Bum, passed away.

"A lot has been going on in my life," Phillips said. "I told the players we’ve lost some games, but there are tougher things that people have overcome."

The Texans play Sunday at Arizona.


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