Head coach Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys stands on the field during thier game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on December 19, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Since being fired as the Dallas Cowboys head coach after an embarrassing loss to Green Bay in primetime that dropped the Cowboys to 1-7 on the season, Phillips has been spotted all around DFW at high school football games livin' it up Texas style.
So it seems only fitting that Phillips is now being tied to the defensive coordinator job with the Houston Texans, meaning he could still go see Texas high school football on Friday nights and get back to what he does best, which is run defenses.
Say what you want about Wade as a head coach; I will. He was basically terrible. He was too much of a players' coach and often had no legs to stand on, which is just how Jerry Jones wanted it.
He ran some pretty fine defenses in his time with America's Team and had a pristine previous track record as an NFL defensive coordinator, most recently with San Diego before he came to Dallas.
If he did indeed land a job next season, that team would be responsible for him financially since he's still under contract with the Cowboys until the end of next season and Jerry is still paying him.
You'll find plenty of folks who will say Wade is one of the worst head coaches in recent NFL memory, and while that is probably a significant stretch, it's not a stretch to say he was simply not a leader of men and lost control of his team.
And you'll also find plenty of folks who will say Wade is one of the brightest defensive minds in football. And that's not a stretch.
It makes perfect sense for him to go to Houston. The Texans are loaded with talent. They have been for a few years now but they've horribly underachieved. The star power is on the offensive side of the ball for Houston, but the Texans have plenty of big names on defense as well — Mario Williams, DeMeco Ryans, etc.
Wade could do some good things with that team, plus he'd be back at home. Of course, Wade's dad, Bum Phillips, was the head coach of the Houston Oilers for years, and Wade worked on his staff. He went to high school in nearby Port Neches and played his college ball at the University of Houston.
In fact, this move couldn't make more sense, and don't be shocked if Wade's career sees a resurgence to the point where he's a highly respected NFL coach once again, although he'll never be a head coaching candidate again.