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Wade Phillips takes 'medical leave of absence'

Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:38 am
Edited on: December 14, 2011 3:17 pm
 
By Will Brinson

The Texans remarkable defensive turnaround in 2011 has a lot of people talking about Wade Phillips and how he deserves another head coaching chance. Unfortunately, people are talking about Phillips on Wednesday for a different reason, as Texans defensive coordinator will miss the next few weeks for as he undergoes surgery for what the team describes a kidney condition.

According to the Texans, Phillips "will take a medical leave of absence due to a scheduled surgical procedure later this week." Houston's press release also states that Phillips "is expected to return later this season."

"It's not life-threatening," Phillips said Wednesday. "There's no chemotherapy involved ... I don't want to get into it. It's not a vasectomy, in case you wondered."

The Texans made ridiculous strides defensively this season, going from the league's worst defense in 2010 to a top-five unit in 2011. Rightfully so, Philips gets most of the credit for that success.

"We're playing good defense all over," linebacker DeMeco Ryans said recently. "Of course it feels good, to be able to get out there and stop some people. You're definitely not worried about people scoring on you because you know everybody is being accountable. Everybody's holding up their end and knowing what they're supposed to do, so you're comfortable when you're out there."

There's no mention of what type of surgical procedure Phillips will have, but the timing of this is surprising to say the least -- the Texans clinched the playoffs last week and welcome the Panthers to Houston Sunday for their first of three remaining games.

Linebackers coach Reggie Herring will take over the defense while Phillips is gone.

"This is a system," Herring said Wednesday. "I've been raised under Wade Phillips for the last 4 years. "I feel very confident about this. We have a lot of things to finish. We have a lot to play for."

"We've got to make sure Wade's health comes first and get this taken care of so we can move forward," Kubiak told Panthers reporters on a conference call Wednesday morning.

For as much as the Texans have been through in 2011 -- losing Mario Williams, dealing with an Arian Foster injury, dealing with an Andre Johnson injury, losing Matt Schaub and then Matt Leinart, for starters -- having Phillips sidelined might be the most debilitating loss of them all. He's been critical in turning around the Texans defense in 2011 and if there was an award for top assistant in the NFL, a sure-fire lock to win.

Hopefully he'll be healthy when the playoffs role around.

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Comments

Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:44 am
 

Wade Phillips takes 'medical leave of absence'

Hope all goes well with the surgery. Houston's defensive turnaround is only one reason the team acheived its first ever playoff appearnace, but probably the main reason. They have been together all season, the interim coach knows the system so I see no reason for a let down. Infact, I look for them to play even more inspired football against the Panthers as a gift to their coach.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:51 pm
 

Wade Phillips takes 'medical leave of absence'

Hopefully everything goes well for Wade and he heals up! He has done an excellent job for the Texans!



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Wade Phillips takes 'medical leave of absence'

They just reported on TV here in Houston that Wade is going to have treatment for a kidney issue and may have his gall bladder removed as well.




Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Wade Phillips takes 'medical leave of absence'

^go down for the first time in weeks. 



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Wade Phillips takes 'medical leave of absence'

Figures... no players go do for the first time in weeks last Sunday, but now this.  Cursed, but surviving.  This may hurt more than losing any player.  Thankfully they've clinched and have a little breathing room, but the Bye Week has just gotten harder to achieve. 



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Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 4:07 pm
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Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Wade Phillips takes 'medical leave of absence'

hey trainboys they are talking about the carolina panthers coming to town read a little slower bro. good luck and good health wade phillips im sure the team will miss you.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Wade Phillips takes 'medical leave of absence'

Get well soon Wade.

Wade was a great Defensive Coordinator for the Chargers.  It was bad when he left but you can not blame him for taking a Head Coaching job.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Wade Phillips takes 'medical leave of absence'

Have you seen the women in Philly???

I would be an angry moron and hate myself too just like ANGELODICK if I lived there.

Yo analodinic, How's that Dream Team working out?

ROTFL at you....



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Wade Phillips takes 'medical leave of absence'

Didn't know it was the Houston Panthers. Tongue out


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