- Created on Saturday, 01 January 2011 02:01
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
Rumors are circulating that the former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys who was fired this season after a disastrous 1-7 start to a season where the Cowboys were a favorite to win the Super Bowl could be joining the staff in Houston as the team’s new defensive coordinator. That of course means that current defensive coordinator Frank Bush is soon to be let go.
Were Fran Bush to get fired it would come as no real surprise. In 2009 the group was actually pretty decent. Overall they were the 13th ranked unit in the NFL. Teams scored an average of 20.8 points against them (17th). The run defense was one of the better ones in the league ranked 10th, but that position is a little skewed since teams passed more on them than they ran. Against the pass they were not horrible either ranking 18th.
The only ranking that had the appearance of improving last season was the run defense (9th), but when the Texans were giving up close to 300 yards a game via the pass teams (32nd) did not bother running much. When teams could pass so easy scoring was not too hard; teams averaged more than 27 points a game (30th). Overall the unit comes in near the bottom of the league at 29th.
If Phillips was to take over the defensive duties it could very well mean that McNair, the Texans owner, is intended on keeping Kubiak for at least one more season. McNair was recently visited by former Houston Oilers head coach Bum Phillips and former Oilers QB Dan Pastorini. The two were there to plead with McNair to give Kubiak another chance.
With Wade Phillips in control of the defense that might not be a bad idea.
Phillips’ best work as a coach has come as a defensive coordinator. He held the job in Denver from 1989-92, back when Kubiak was still the backup quarterback to John Elway. From there he went to Buffalo from ’95-’97, Atlanta ‘02-’03, and then with the Cowboys from ’04-’06 before becoming the head coach.
What makes his coaching history interesting is that he was hired in Buffalo and Atlanta as the team’s head coach at first, but after a short time was removed and made the defensive coordinator. The Cowboys were the first team to hire him as the coordinator first and then make him the head coach.
Bum Phillips couldn’t help but plug his son Wade to come down and help Kubiak right the ship in Houston.
“…He don't know how to enjoy anything except football. A lot of people play golf or gamble or go hunting or fishing. ... All he cares about is football. As long as he feels that way, I'm sure he'll stay in it. If (the Texans) need a coach, I'm sure he'd be tickled to death, and I'm sure they would be, too. Wade's a Houston boy.”