HOUSTON – Houston Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips has a lot he’d like to accomplish in the next three games.
After that? Well for starters, he wouldn’t mind removing that interim tag in front of ‘head coach’.
“I think I have something to give,” I can go into all of the stats and all of that stuff. Nobody wants to hear those,” Phillips said on Monday. “But if you look at the record, I think I have a lot to offer as a head coach, but that’s somebody else to decide.”
After letting Gary Kubiak go, Texans owner Bob McNair said Phillips would get the chance to interview for the vacant position after the season was over. But, is the rest of the season an audition? Phillips doesn’t see it that way.
“I don’t because, just like I said, I’ve got a lot more to worry about than that,” Phillips said. “I want to get this team to start playing as good as they can play.”
The long-time NFL coach has had many stops throughout his career. He has a record of 82-60, but is only 1-5 in the playoffs. He’s was asked about his desire about being the next Texans head coach, a question which even he hasn’t tried to answer.
“I’m going to do the very best job I can do at what I’m doing. That’s what I’ve always tried to do. This is a situation, I have been a head coach before and an interim head coach before. So I’m familiar with the situation,” Phillips said. “You have to come in and try to mold the team the way you feel like it ought to. The strengths, you need to utilize them and the weaknesses, you need to try not. And it’s hard to do in a short amount of time. That’s where the interim part is really tough. When you come in as a head coach in the offseason, you’ve got a whole (period of time). But this is what it is and that’s what I’m going to try to do is utilize our strengths and what I think are our strengths, and go from there.”
But what about the chance to stay with the Texans under a different capacity? Say, returning as a defensive coordinator?
“I would never say that because then they wouldn’t hire you as the head coach,” Phillips said. “I’m not going to fall for that one.”
Phillips and the Texans return to action on Sunday against Indianapolis.