Texans Hire Wade Phillips to Coordinate Defense

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.

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