HOUSTON -- Wade Phillips has been a head coach or interim head coach on five previous teams, most recently with the Dallas Cowboys. Now he is getting an audition to be a head coach once more over the Houston Texans' final three games.
"I think I have something to give," Phillips said. "I can go into all the stats and all that stuff, nobody wants to hear those. If you look at the record, I think I have a lot to offer as a head coach."
This interim time is different for Phillips than his previous interim week this season. That time Phillips was, as he put it, "keeping the seat warm" for Texans coach Gary Kubiak, who was out on doctor's orders after suffering a transient ischemic attack during halftime against the Indianapolis Colts.
Now, Phillips can put his own stamp on the team. He'll delegate more on defense. He fired special-teams coordinator Joe Marciano. And he'll influence the offense a little bit more.
When asked if offensive coordinator Rick Dennison would still call plays, Phillips didn't say yes, instead saying he was going to discuss that with Dennison on Monday afternoon.
Phillips was asked if he'd be willing to return as the Texans' defensive coordinator if not offered the head-coaching job.
"I would never say that," he said. "Because then they wouldn't hire you as the head coach."
He said he has been in touch with Kubiak since Friday when Texans owner Bob McNair fired him. He knows what it's like to be in that position, as Jason Garrett took over for Phillips with the Cowboys back in 2010.
"It affects you, obviously, but I've been a coach for a long time," Phillips said. "I was with the Oilers here when I believe we had the most wins in football the three previous years and we got fired. I know this, they fire good coaches, too. Gary or whoever good coaches are, they get fired sometimes, they go on to do well."