Texans name Phillips interim head coach

Texans name Phillips interim head coach
November 6, 2013, 10:30 am
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Wade Phillips: 'I get a better parking spot'

The Texans made it official on Wednesday, naming defensive coordinator Wade Phillips their interim head coach as Gary Kubiak recovers from a mini-stroke.

There's no word from the Texans as to when Kubiak, 52, will return.

What’s the biggest difference for Phillips?

“Well, I get a better parking spot,” he joked before mentioning the in-game decisions as being a big change.

Phillips, 66, said he has been in contact with Kubiak since the head coach collapsed on the sideline at halftime of the game against the Colts.

“He’s left it to me,” Phillips said of his conversation with Kubiak. “I’ve talked to him, obviously. He said ‘do what you think.’ I appreciate him and I appreciate the McNairs having confidence in me, letting me take over for a short amount of time.”

Phillips took over coaching duties after halftime of Sunday's game and was the obvious choice for an interim coach.

He has an 82-61 career record as a head coach for the Cowboys, Bills and Broncos. Phillips has twice been an interim head coach. In 1985, he took over for his father, Bum Phillips, with the Saints. In 2003, he took over for Dan Reeves with the Falcons.

“Thirty-three years I’ve been either a coordinator where I ran one side of the ball or a head coach, and I’ve been in a couple situations where I’ve been interim head coach,” Phillips said, “so, I think experience helps. I hope it does in this case.”

The biggest difference, however, will be on offense. Normally, Kubiak calls the offensive plays. That job will be handed to offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, who will continue to call plays from the box instead of from the field.