|Wade Phillips gives defense a boost|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, January 5, 2012 at 11:07 pm ET
Gary Kubiak Profile
Back from surgery to remove his gall bladder, Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is providing a boost to the defense as they prepare for Saturday's AFC wild-card game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
"It's very important," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said in remarks distributed by the team. "It was important to have him back last week. His presence with the team in the last two weeks is extremely important and the biggest thing is we're just glad to see him doing better and what he went through was a very difficult surgery and for him to be back on his feet and basically putting in a half a day with us right now and being able to go do and that's coach football and call a game, you know, we're all glad that that's happening.
"Y'all know Wade. Y'all know his personality. 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."
Phillips said he feels much better.
"Well, my energy level isn't where I want it to be," Phillips said. "I feel good going out there, and the last couple of days have been better, going the whole practice, that kind of thing. I feel good, and then my energy's kind of dropped, but health-wise I'm fine. Got a couple different doctors. I saw one yesterday, and they said they didn't need to see me anymore, that I'm fine, so it's progressing real well.
"Yeah, I got sick one day, non-related, and Dr. Muntz took me in and he said, ‘We better see what's going on down there.' Why he did that or whatever, I'm still blessed for that because they found something that needed to get done, and we did it very quickly. Everything came out well. I did have my gallbladder taken out. It was more than we thought it was originally, but it's still done, and everything's positive."
Phillips will coach from the press box.
"Well, it's not a big problem," Phillips said. "We got all our coaches down on the field. Most the time, I go over with the coaches on the sideline before the players get off, that kind of thing, what we need to talk about, and then we all look at the pictures and so forth and see if there are things we need to adjust. It's not a big deal. They say you can see more, which you can, in the press box, but I usually know what's going on anyway. That's why I can stand on the sideline is whatever happens, I usually see it on the field."
Phillips has a positive coaching style that he has adopted from his father, Bum Phillips.
"Well, everybody thinks a hard ass is the guy, the way to coach," he said. "I'm from my dad's school of teaching and coaching and treating people the right way and believing in people. Some people say, ‘You believe in people too much, and that's what hurts you,' but when I ask them to do something or I tell them, ‘Hey, I want this done this way,'
"I expect that, and they know that. I think that's part of whether you're a hard ass or not, you got to get it over to them on how you want it done and the correct way to do it and to continue to do that all the time. That's my style is a certain way. It's been that way for a long time. The results are fairly good. We haven't had many losing seasons in the last twenty years."
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