Three weeks ago Wade Phillips said something that Houston fans didn’t want to hear.
“I don’t want to be somewhere else, but I’d like to be able to be a head coach again,” Phillips told the Houston Chronicle.
Of course that sent everyone from Beaumont to Bastrop into panic mode. How could Wade leave us after just one season and turning one of the NFLs worst defenses into one of its best? And with no apparent successor at that?
Well, today the question came up again. And while some latched onto the part of Phillips’ answer that matched what they wanted to hear (that he’s not looking to go anywhere), read the entire quote and tell me what’s going on in Wade’s head.
Plus, consider what he has to say considering that minor detail of the Texans first playoff game coming up in two days.
Here’s Phillips’ answer when asked today about his desire to be a head coach again and if he thinks he will be given the chance. You be the judge:
“Well, you know, I said, I don’t like to toot my own horn. I’ve got a good record. I think I should be considered (for a head coaching position). I guess people may have taken (his previous comments) the wrong way that I ought to be a head coach. I don’t believe that. I think I should be considered. If you look at my record, and you can look at all the people they’re talking about now, and my record is better than most everyone they’re talking about, as a head coach I’m talking about. If you want a winner, if you want experience, you know, I’d like to talk about it, but this (defensive coordinator of the Texans) is the best job I’ve had. It couldn’t be a better job than this, right now and if we keep going the way I think we’re going to go, and we’re going to be good for a long time, especially defensively I think. So, you know, I’m not looking to go anywhere. I enjoyed being a head coach, I enjoyed the winning, and we’re winning here, so that’s important too, but I think I could help anybody. I mean, it’s been proven, you know, if you want to go on the record.” – Wade Phillips from houstontexans.com
Confidence the key for Phillips
It’s been almost a year since Wade Phillips was re-introduced to Houston media at his introductory press conference.
After that presser, I wrote about Phillips’ confidence being “a breath of fresh air.” Hold that thought for a second.
Since Phillips returned from his time-away for surgery, we’ve heard comments from players talking about how Phillips is such a calming influence (presumably amid the chaos that can often envelop a NFL team under stress).
Today, Gary Kubiak said something that validated my point made on January 11 of last year when he said this about the Phillips Effect:
“Yeah, well y’all know Wade. Y’all know his personality,” said Kubiak. “I mean, he’s got everything under control all the time and when the game gets crazy and it’s a big play in the game, somebody’s got to make a call, that’s what players are looking for. They’re looking for somebody that has confidence, that’s going to put them in the right position to be successful and Wade’s done that for many, many years.”
I’m big into management style and leadership things and the part where Kubiak talked about the players looking toward Phillips when ‘things get crazy’ is the most telling thing about Phillips’ coaching and leadership style and why Phillips (and his Dad) excelled in that department.
Phillips has a great system of X’s and O’s for sure, but knowing how to lead his men into battle (figuratively speaking of course) and being able to develop such a loyal and passionate following and trust among his troops is likely his greatest asset of all.