Wade Phillips: ‘I think I’m a winner first’

Wade Phillips: ‘I think I’m a winner first’
December 12, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Wade Phillips will coach the final three games of the 2013 Texans season on an interim basis.

But he’s made it pretty clear he’d like to be a head coach in the NFL again.

“I think I’m a winner first,” Phillips said. “The team’s I’ve coached have a very high winning percent. That’s what I think.”

What makes him a winner?

“Because of my record,” Phillips said. “Well, I think part of it’s experience. The teams I’ve had have good offenses and good defenses if you look into it. You can count in on them, but, as far as a head coach, my winning percentage is higher than, I think it’s 29th in the National Football League, in the history of the National Football League for 100 games or more. That’s why I said I go on my record.”

Phillips is pretty close with that stat. He was 29th in league history among coaches with 100 games or more but since this season started Mike Tomlin and  Sean Payton each surpassed 100 games with a higher winning percentage. Now, Phillips’ .573 winning percentage (82-61) ranks 31st in league history among coaches with 100 games.

That’s still pretty good.

But Phillips is 66 and hasn’t been a head coach since he was fired in Dallas in 2010. He was asked if it seems like the NFL is trending toward younger coaches.

“I don’t know about that,” he said. “I’d say no if I get hired.”