HOUSTON – Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was fired Saturday as new head coach Bill O’Brien continues to overhaul the coaching staff.
Phillips tweeted the following message Saturday morning.
“Thanks to McNair family and great Texan fans and most all our players. It was wonderful being home. I wish the best to all.”
Phillips had served as interim head coach for the Texans final three games of the regular season after Gary Kubiak was fired in early December. The team failed to snap their losing streak under Phillips.
“Special thanks to Bob & Janis McNair who treated my Dad so well. I will always be grateful,” Phillips said in another post on his Twitter account.
Phillips was considered a candidate to replace Kubiak on a permanent basis before O’Brien was hired earlier this week.
Several other firings from the coaching staff are expected but have not been confirmed at this time.
There have been multiple reports regarding who O’Brien will bring to Houston to replace Phillips and other members of the coaching staff who are not retained.
The Houston Chronicle reported on Friday that former Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel could be a possible defensive coordinator.
O’Brien was asked about his choice of defensive scheme, but would not elaborate on whether he prefers a 4-3 or a 3-4, like the Texans have used the past 3 seasons.
“Everybody wants to pin you down and ask you if you’re going to be a 3-4 guy or a 4-3 guy,” O’Brien said. “To me, I think, right now, about 70 percent of games are played in nickel and dime defense because of the type of league it is. We’ll evaluate the personnel on this team. We’ll do a really good job of putting together a good football team and we’ll adapt the systems to the players that we bring into this program.”