When a new head coach comes in, especially from the college ranks, it is expected that there will be massive turnover on the coaching staff. While Pete Carroll in Seattle and Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco kept a couple assistants from the previous regime on staff, that’s not normally how it works.
New Houston Texans head coach followed the norm on Saturday when he fired the entire coaching staff from Gary Kubiak’s regime.
Among the most prominent coaches fired was defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who became Houston’s interim head coach after Kubiak was fired and went 0-3 in his stead.
Prior to taking over as the Texans defensive coordinator back in 2011, Phillips was the head man for five different teams, including interim stints with the New Orleans Saints (1985) and Atlanta Falcons (2003). He’s made the playoffs in five of the eight seasons he’s been a full-time head coach in the NFL.
Wade, the son of late Houston sports legend Bum Phillips, was hoping to retain his coordinator job with the Texans. It remains to be seen just how much play he will get on the coaching market.
Phillips will be replaced by former New England Patriots defensive coordinator and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel, who is known as one of the best defensive minds in the business.
Joining Phillips on the outs in Houston are Rick Dennison (offensive coordinator), Karl Dorrell (quarterbacks coach) and Vance Joseph (defensive backs coach), among lesser names.
Bill O’Brien was announced as the third head coach in Texans history on Thursday after two seasons with Penn State.