The Houston Texans have hired Wade Phillips to be their defensive coordinator, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Phillips, 63, began his NFL coaching career in 1976 as a defensive line coach on his father’s coaching staff with the Houston Oilers, and got his first defensive coordinator job with the New Orleans Saints in 1981.
After a stint as the Saints’ interim head coach, Phillips coordinated defenses with the Philadelphia Eagles (1986-88), Denver Broncos (1989-92), Buffalo Bills (1995-97), Atlanta Falcons (2002-03), and San Diego Chargers (2004-06), with the gaps filled in by head coaching stints in Denver (1993-94), Buffalo (1998-2000), Atlanta (2003), and the Dallas Cowboys, where he was head coach from 2007 until last November.
Phillips added defensive coordinator duties with the Cowboys in 2010.
Phillips inherits a defense that ranked 30th in the NFL in 2010, including 32nd against the pass.
McClain adds that Phillips will convert the defense to a 3-4.