WADE PHILLIPS, LOVIE SMITH ON RADAR TO BECOME TEXANS NEW HEAD COACH - Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was named the Texans’ interim coach Friday, replacing the fired Gary Kubiak.
Texans owner Bob McNair said Phillips will be a candidate for the full-time gig. He previously coached Denver, Buffalo and Dallas. Phillips took over for Kubiak on Week 10 during a road loss to Arizona, after Kubiak suffered a mini-stroke.
“We’ll give Wade an opportunity to interview for the position, as well as a number of other people,” McNair said via the Houston Chronicle
McNair also acknowledged that he wants to speak with former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, who is looking to get back into the NFL after sitting out this season. McNair indicated his preference is to hire a coach with previous NFL experience.
“Some of people we’ll visit with are in coaching situations now, so this will be held on a confidential basis,” McNair said.
McNair said the Texans are looking for a coach who’s flexible and innovative.
“Bright, ethical … and is able to make adjustments,” he said.
The Texans fired Kubiak after losing 27-20 at Jacksonville Thursday night, the 11th consecutive loss for the franchise. Kubiak was 61-64 in seven-plus seasons as the coach and the club entered this year with Super Bowl aspirations.
“Taking action now instead of waiting allows us the process of finding a new coach,” McNair said, according to NFL.com. “That process is under way, and those prospects who are not under contract in the NFL are people we can visit with, so we’ll start the process.” (Photo: John Gress/Getty Images)