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Texans Phillips to talk to Bucs; Mike Zimmer too?

Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:04 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2012 3:25 pm
Wade Phillips is going to talk to Tampa about their opening. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Earlier on Sunday we passed along the report that the Bucs might be closing in on naming Mike Sherman their next head coach. So it's interesting (very interesting actually) that the Buccaneers asked the Texans for permission to interview defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

And, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans gave Tampa Bay permission to talk with Wade and the two sides will speak on Friday.

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"I'm gratified somebody noticed," Phillips said, per McClain. "I don't want to leave Houston but I want to be a head coach. We'll talk and see how much interest [the Bucs] have in me."

Phillips has been a head coach at the NFL level three times. He went 16-16 as the Broncos head coach in 1993 and 1994, 29-19 as the Bills head coach from 1998-2000 and 34-22 as the Cowboys head coach from 2007-2010. He was also an interim head coach for four games with the Saints in 1985 and for three games with the Falcons in 2003.

Wade's gotten the lion's share of credit for turning the Texans defense from the NFL's worst unit in 2010 to the NFL's second-best unit in 2011. Even though the additions of Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning also helped, there's no question Phillips made a huge impact and his stock went way up after the Texans strong defensive performance this season.

Given the way the Buccaneers finished the season -- losing 10 straight in embarrassing defensive fashion and falling to 30th in the NFL in defense in the process -- talking with Phillips makes a lot of sense.

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the Bucs will also speak with Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

Zimmer can interview and take the position at any point since Cincinnati's eliminated from the playoffs. But the Bucs can't actually hire Phillips until the Texans are knocked out, which would be Monday, January 16 at the earliest (Houston and Baltimore play that Sunday).

All of this makes it much less likely that Sherman's announced as the next coach within the week.

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Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:08 am

Texans Phillips to talk to Bucs; Mike Zimmer too?

Mike Zimmer is a good guy. He deseves a shot. Go Porters!

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:26 am
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Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:56 am

Texans Phillips to talk to Bucs; Mike Zimmer too?

Some guys never learn. Wade isn't a head coach. He and Norv Turner are great coordinators. Period. We wonder why the same 8-10
football organzations are always in the super bowl every year. There are some fluke teams like the year the Bucs got in but for the most part, it's the same teams. That's because they have stable management and the right people in place.

Wade should learn to be content being one of the top coordinators in the game. There is no shame in being a great coordinator. Tom Moore is lengendary as one of the best offensive coordinators in the game. What he did with Payton Manning the last 12 years was 
awsome. And being a great coordinator allows you to have steady, stable employement;more so then being a head coach.

I'm going to love it if the Bucs hire Wade as head coach. It will be another team that you can "X" out of Super Bowl contention along 
with the Chargers and Cowboys. These teams have head coaches who are coordinators at best. 

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:22 pm

Texans Phillips to talk to Bucs; Mike Zimmer too?

Wade's record as head coach has always been the same. Great first year, so-so second year and fired the third year. Only with the Cowboys was he able to get one more year, he was fired after the 4th. Since he is 66 with cancer surgery you would think the Bucs would go with someone a bit younger and up and coming. All the ones being talked about are old retreads with multiple failures as head coaches.

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:53 pm

Texans Phillips to talk to Bucs; Mike Zimmer too?

Agreed, give Mike Zimmer a chance, he deserves it more than anybody. Still wish he was Cowboys DC!

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:43 pm

Texans Phillips to talk to Bucs; Mike Zimmer too?

Mike Zimmer should be amongst the hottest coordinators in line for a head coaching job.  While I think he's better suited for a more veteran-laden team than the Bucs, he is a coach that men will run through a brick wall for.  Strong character, looks you in the eye, has fun, and is a helluva coach.  Glad to hear his name is finally being thrown in...

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:35 pm

Texans Phillips to talk to Bucs; Mike Zimmer too?

I thought Tampa Bay wanted to bring in head coach that was going to be tough along with discipline? When Wade Phillips coached the Cowboys, training camp was labeled "camp cupcake" by the players. Cowboys quit on him on that Sunday night game against the Packers (45-3) which cost him his job the very next next day.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:12 pm

Texans Phillips to talk to Bucs; Mike Zimmer too?

Why would TB even consider Wade Phillips as THE guy ... haven't they paid attention to his head coaching stints the past twenty years?

A GREAT Coordinator ... Head Coach ... not so much.

Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 7:38 pm

Texans Phillips to talk to Bucs; Mike Zimmer too?

If the bucs are looking for someone to keep their team under wraps, Phillips is not the guy. Be great if they co uld get him and chilly as coordinators but obviously couldn't happen

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 6:33 pm

Texans Phillips to talk to Bucs; Mike Zimmer too?

i love Wade Phillips as a d-coordinator; as a head coach, not so much...

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