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Report: Phillips withdraws from Bucs job search

Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:49 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 8:56 pm
Phillips likes it so much in Houston that it seems he plans on staying awhile. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has been as much a part of Houston's success this season as any other single factor. The Texans' D ranked 31st in 2010, according to Football Outsiders; a year in his system and the unit finished the 2011 regular season ranked eighth. 

When coordinators have success, that often leads to head-coaching opportunities. It's how Phillips got his gig with the Cowboys in 2006 -- he did a bang-up job with the Chargers as Marty Schottenheimer's defensive coordinator. So it wasn't surprising that the Buccaneers, which had just parted ways with Raheem Morris after three seasons, wanted to interview Phillips. The two sides were set to meet this Friday … except that it appears Phillips has withdrawn his name from consideration, according to's Adam Schefter.

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This news comes hours after Phillips had talked about a future that involved meeting with the Bucs about possibly being their next head coach. But he also sounded like a man clearly torn about leaving his current situation.

“Well again, you know, my first priority is to be here,” Phillips said of the Texans, who are preparing to play the Ravens this weekend, in comments distributed by the team. “I like it here. I love it here. You know we’ve had such a magical year and we’re going to keep it going so that’s my first choice. You know I may not be their choice either, but I am gonna interview and you know take it from there. As far as distractions, they asked me two weeks ago, they asked permission to talk to me two weeks ago so we knew what was going on for two weeks, but we didn’t let it be a distraction the week before so it won’t be this week.”

Turns out, Phillips likes it so much that he's decided to stay. Or at the very least, not pursue the Tampa Bay job.

Meanwhile, the Bucs organization is still in flux. Thursday afternoon, Rapid Reporter Scott Purks noted that "Nothing is totally clear about the search for a new head coach, but the leaders for the job appear to be Mike Sherman, Marty Schottenheimer, Wade Phillips and Brad Childress -- in that order. Interviews with more candidates are expected in the next couple of weeks."

We can whittle list to three now that Phillips isn't interested.

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Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 7:57 am

Report: Phillips withdraws from Bucs job search

Phillips better staying where it all works. With one or two exceptions on the roster, I don't see too much of a bright future for the Buccaneers.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:47 pm

Cheep, cheep, cheep.....

My guess is that Philips found out how much they were offering and swallowed his chaw.  The Glazer family has used the Bucs and the NFL to bleed dry and use the money to spend on Manchester United.  It's obvious to anyone who cares to look that his native home team is more important to him than the Bucs.  

The NFL should step in and force the Glazers to sell the Bucs to somebody who gives a bleep and will spend the amount of money that it takes to get good players and competent coaches.  We'll never know whether Raheem Morris was a good coach or not, because he was not given the talent or the time to use it correctly.  I do find it strange, though, that many around the league thought highly enough of him last year to make him a coach of the year candidate, but now he is being fired.  

The old cliche here is that it is easier to fire the coach than the players.  Sadly, it is the owners who need to be fired immediately. 

Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:36 pm

Report: Phillips withdraws from Bucs job search

Better move quick Bucos I hear Marv Levy and Joe Gibbs may not be avilable much longer.  If you are going the old guy route how about reuniting Ditka and Dan Reeves, the could both wear Tom Landry hats.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:30 pm

Report: Phillips withdraws from Bucs job search

Bad news for the Texans ... any time spent talking about the Bucs is time not spent on the Ravens.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:20 pm

Report: Phillips withdraws from Bucs job search


Phillips is one of the best D coordinators a head coach....not so much

Raheem was in over his head, but he tried hard.....but the front office has to spend a little more cash......

You know when you could have tried to trade up for Calvin Johnson, or maybe Suh, but instead drafted 3 bums with the draft picks it would have taken to get either JOhnson or Suh and you still suck!

They should go pay the crap out of like Bill Cowher.....anyone.....I would have thought Jeff Fisher would be a good fit for Tampa...who knows....

Rooney Rule is stupid.
Right up there with the Brady Rule
The Tuck Rule
"New" Rule ---I actually heard an NFL ref say that in a game
or most recently : the CAM NEWTON RULE ( Now a family member CAN be considered as an agent....convienent)
Nothing is totally clear about the search for a new head coach, but the leaders for the job appear to be Mike Sherman, Marty Schottenheimer, Wade Phillips and Brad Childress -- in that orde
Sherman would be good...all these guys would be an upgrade over having no coach....but seriously Schottenwhiner (pansy) Wade (D coach only) and Brad CHILDRESS ( Are you F ing serious????) 

Why not go after Cowher, or with this list Jim Fassel or some crap like that....cmon man

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:11 pm

Report: Phillips withdraws from Bucs job search

Good move for Wade Phillips to withdraw his name. You figure after HC stints for the Broncos,Bills, and Cowboys, he is just doesn't have the right stuff to be a head coach. He has had more success as a top-tier defensive coordinator in the NFL. Now, if Norv Turner follows the same path as Wade....that would be awesome.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:09 pm

Report: Phillips withdraws from Bucs job search

Is the Rooney Rule suspended if you fire a black coach?

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