Texans' Wade Phillips to interview with Bucs

Wade Phillips was honored Friday as Coordinator of the Year

January 8, 2012 7:09:30 PM PST
Sunday brought some unwelcome news for Texans fans still reveling after the franchise's first playoff victory.

Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips told us a few days ago he believes he deserves to be a head coach again in the NFL. He may get his chance in Tampa.

The Buccaneers have asked the Texans for permission to talk to Phillips about their head coaching vacancy.

Here's what Phillips had to say last Thursday about being considered for another head coaching position:

"If you want a winner, if you want experience, you know, I'd like to talk about it. But this is the best job I've had. It couldn't be a better job than this right now, and if we keep going the way I think we're going to go, and we're going to be good for a long time, especially defensively I think. So, you know, I'm not looking to go anywhere. I enjoyed being a head coach, I enjoyed the winning, and we're winning here, so that's important, too. But I think I could help anybody. I mean, it's been proven, you know, if you want to go on the record." Phillips will interview with the Bucs this week, probably on Friday. Tampa Bay also plans to talk with Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and former Vikings head coach Brad Childress. Texans fans we're hearing from don't like the timing of the Phillips interview. Head coach Gary Kubiak said he believes Phillips deserves to be a head coach again.

It's no secret that Phillips is one of the top defensive coaches in the league. He's taken the Texans from 30th in defense to second in one season. He has an overall winning record as a head coach with stops in Buffalo, San Diego, Dallas and as an interim head coach in New Orleans and Aatlanta.

Phillips is still recovering from kidney and gall bladder surgery. He's hoping to talk to the Bucs here in Houston.

Now that the Texans have their first ever playoff win under their belts, they know the challenge ahead. A trip to Baltimore is up next for a rematch against the Ravens. Ray Lewis and company beat the Texans 29-14 on October 16. It was a game that Texans lead 14-13 in the third quarter before the offense went silent. The Texans defense just got worn out down the stretch with the Ravens getting a fourth quarter touchdown and two field goals to win.