When Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips had gall bladder surgery last month something happened with his ego too.
Let me explain!
When Phillips was a head coach he accumulated a record of 82-59 along the way. At his last job, with the Dallas Cowboys Phillips was fired halfway through the season. But with that record, he feels he should be a viable candidate for any of these head coaching jobs that are opening up.
But get this!
Wade isn’t looking to be a head coach.
Here’s what he said to NFL.com:
“I don’t like to toot my own horn,” said Phillips, who implemented a 3-4 scheme in Houston. “I’ve got a good record. I think I should be considered. I guess people may have taken it the wrong way that I ought to be a head coach. I don’t believe that. I think I should be considered. If you look at my record, and you can look at all the people they’re talking about now, and my record is better than most everyone they’re talking about, as a head coach.”
“If you want a winner, if you want experience, you know, I’d like to talk about it,” he said, “but this is the best job I’ve had. It couldn’t be a better job than this, right now, and if we keep going the way I think we’re going to go, and we’re going to be good for a long time, especially defensively I think. So, you know, I’m not looking to go anywhere.”
Yeah, Wade, we can see clearly you don’t like to tooting your own horn. That’s certain! Did he say that he couldn’t have a better job than his right now? Wow Wade! Let’s see how that defense does Saturday against Cincinnati and then you can talk about being a head coach again! Maybe!
In San Diego, Chargers defensive coordinator Greg Manuksy was fired. And hours later linebackers coach John Pagano was named DC.
The move is a shock to some because Pagano and Manuksy were apparently as close as brothers. Well, some times brothers do things like this, people! Pagano even acknowledged his love for Manuksy but it’s been a dream of his to become a defensive coordinator. And who can fault him for that!
Here’s more on Pagano from NFL.com.
Pagano is the brother of Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano.
Also, Mike Sherman has reportedly interviewed with the Tampa Bay Bucs. Sherman has coached the Green Bay Packers as well as the Texas A&M Aggies. So he’s developed young quarterbacks as well as Brett Favre and he even had a hand in drafting Aaron Rodgers. Could this be just what the young Josh Freeman needs? Could be interesting!
Here’s more on this story from NFL.com as well as some names the Bucs could also be considering to fill their head coach vacancy.
Miranda Remaklus is senior reporter for Aerys Offsides. She’s also a contributor to Aaron Miles’ Fastball in the MLB section. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda.