Joseph, Dennison will call plays

Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips skirted the issue a little bit when asked on Monday who would call offensive plays, saying he was going to discuss that with Rick Dennison.

Today he offered more clarity.

Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison will call offensive plays from the press box, a role that belonged to former head coach Gary Kubiak. Dennison also stepped in when Kubiak missed the Texans' game in Arizona. He'll have the help of quarterbacks coach Karl Dorrell, who will offer his influence on the passing game.

"We work as a staff on gameday," Dennison said. "It's no different. Collect the staff view of what we think."

(Aside: Dennison was asked during the news conference how difficult it was to see Kubiak get fired. He replied that the Colts have a very tough defense. He was asked later how different his job will be to call the offense without Kubiak's contributions. He replied that the Colts have a very tough defense. It was altogether weird. Dennison and Kubiak played together in Denver.)

Defensively, Phillips will hand over playcalling duties to defensive backs coach Vance Joseph.

"He's going to call the same things I would call overall," Phillips said. "I can override everything."

Joseph is a very respected presence in this building.

"He's obviously a sharp guy, I think he communicates well with people," Phillips said. "He understands the pass game really well. That's certainly a key in our league."