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Wade Phillips is at it again touting his head coaching record

Wade PhillipsWade Phillips really is working overtime to prove that he should be a head coach (or at least a defensive coordinator) in the NFL rather than unemployed.

A day after he favorably compared himself to Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, Phillips backed off in the most creative way.

Right, Phillips really was surprised that he and Garrett had already coached the Cowboys for the same amount of games. That’s why he also included his much better record than Garrett in his original tweet. But don’t you doubt Phillips.

Here’s why:

Good point. Wade won double-digit games twice with Buffalo and did not have a losing season in three seasons as their head coach. The franchise has only one winning season since he was head coach and has not made the playoffs since. That’s a much better stat to play, Wade.

Wade Phillips reminds us all he’s a better coach than Jason Garrett

Wade PhillipsWade Phillips is still unemployed since being fired as defensive coordinator of the Houston Texans in January, and he is working hard to get a new gig.

A little over a week after being fired by the Texans, Phillips went on Twitter and touted his accomplishments as a coach in some sort of marketing move:

Two months later, Phillips went back to Twitter to promote himself.

On Thursday, Phillips sent a tweet comparing himself to current Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, who replaced him during the 2010 season.

Looks like Wade does have a little bit of his dad’s personality in him.

Wade is 66 and while he may not be head coaching material, he certainly is a good defensive coordinator. I’m surprised nobody has picked him up yet. Maybe he needs to keep tweeting more stats!

Wade Phillips: NFL says Peyton Manning’s 50th touchdown pass should not have counted

Peyton Manning BroncosPeyton Manning is officially the NFL’s record holder for most touchdown passes in a single season. His 51st touchdown pass of the year was reeled in by tight end Julius Thomas on Sunday and allowed him to surpass Tom Brady’s previous record of 50. However, Houston Texans interim coach Wade Phillips said the NFL informed him this week that Manning’s 50th touchdown pass shouldn’t have counted, though the stats will not be changed.

Manning’s record-tying touchdown came on a 20-yard strike to Eric Decker in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans. Here is the best angle we have of the play, which looked like a pretty clean catch.

According to the NFL, it was not a clean catch. Phillips said the league acknowledged that the ball was juggled and should have been ruled an incomplete pass.

“Poor Manning,” Phillips joked, per ESPN.com. “He thought he broke the record.”

To make matters more interesting, the pass came on third down. That means you can’t argue that Manning would have throw a touchdown pass on another play during that drive, as the Broncos would have settled for a field goal.

Manning still has credit for 51 touchdown passes this season, so he’s not losing any, but it’s interesting that the NFL says one of the TDs should not count. Manning has a chance to add to his record total this weekend.

Wade Phillips was surprised Broncos threw ball late in game

Peyton ManningPeyton Manning set the NFL single-season record for passing touchdowns on Sunday by throwing for four scores against the Houston Texans to give him 51 on the season. Many of the Texans’ defensive players didn’t seem to have a problem with the Denver Broncos continuing to throw late in their blowout win as Manning went for the record. Many of them said it’s his job to score points and set records, while it’s their job to stop him.

Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips didn’t indicate whether he was bothered by the Broncos’ tactics, but he did say he was surprised by them.

“I was surprised, but they threw it deep late in the game,” Phillips said via ESPN’s Tania Ganguli. “But that’s part of football.”

Defensive end Antonio Smith says the Broncos scoring late raised “some fight” in them, but he understood Manning’s pursuit of the record.

[Watch: Peyton Manning's record-setting touchdown pass]

I’m a big believer in sportsmanship, but I no longer complain about teams running up the score or chasing records. I’ve seen too many big comebacks to ever think a game is over before it’s over. And if teams want to risk hurting feelings by running up the score, that’s their decision. Plus, Tom Brady threw the ball late in games plenty of times for the Patriots during his record-setting season. Why shouldn’t Peyton?

Ed Reed: Wade Phillips is probably reason I’m no longer with Houston Texans

Ed-Reed-TexansEd Reed signed a three-year contract with the Houston Texans this past offseason and ended up playing just seven games for the franchise. Reed was benched toward the end of his tenure in Houston, leading many to believe the 35-year-old is simply no longer physically capable of producing. The New York Jets obviously disagreed.

Reed, who has been reunited with former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, spoke to reporters on Wednesday about what went wrong during his short time in Houston. He basically blamed the defensive scheme. More specifically, Reed said Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips wanted him gone.

“In hindsight he’s probably the reason I’m not there,” Reed said of Phillips, via Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun. “He came in (the day I was cut) and basically just made sure I was leaving.”

In addition to claiming Phillips was the reason his tenure in Houston was a failure, Reed also questioned whether the scheme is a good fit for a lot of players who are still with the team.

“I don’t even know how to describe it. It was some interesting stuff I experienced with a different organization,” he said. “That defense is not a good fit for a lot of people, not just me. The truth is the truth. You got to look at the playcalling and put your players in position to make plays. That defense was not a good fit for a lot of people that are still there.”

Reed, who wears No. 22 with the Jets, also said he wishes he never wore No. 20 for any team but the Ravens.

Even if Reed is telling the truth, blaming Phillips and the defensive system isn’t a good look for him. Phillips has been the Texans’ defensive coordinator since 2011, so Reed should have done enough research to know if Houston was the right fit. In reality, he was looking to sign with the contender that gave him the most money. It simply failed to work out.

H/T Albert Breer

Wade Phillips says Wes Welker is not ‘real athletic,’ then backs off with tweet

If New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker was searching for a bit of added motivation before Sunday afternoon’s playoff game, Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips may have given it to him. Media outlets are always looking for ways to stir the pot and boost ratings, so you can understand why the comments Phillips made about Welker on Thursday were immediately labeled “bulletin board material.”

When asked if Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph, who covered Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green last weekend, would cover Welker on Sunday, Phillips gave the following response.

“Ah, Welker’s not Green,” he told Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com. “He’s a good player, but he’s not that big or a real athletic guy. He’s a quick guy that gets open on option. Harris actually played him pretty good. He got a holding penalty that hurt us early in the game. But Harris played pretty well… If we don’t get him on a speed guy, we’re in good shape.”

In reality, Phillips was simply stating the obvious. Welker isn’t a particularly fast receiver and his specialty isn’t abusing corners in one-on-one coverage in the way someone like Green would. He relies on intelligence and a knack for finding holes in zone coverage, so Joseph might be more effective covering a downfield threat like Brandon Lloyd. Nevertheless, Phillips’ comments created a buzz that prompted him to praise Welker on Twitter.

If Welker and the Patriots want to use the comments as motivation, more power to them. That being said, Phillips was just talking football. The fact that he said Welker isn’t Green and implied Joseph won’t be covering him doesn’t mean he considers the Patriots slot receiver to be any less of a threat to his defense.

Glazer: Wade Phillips Didn’t Expect to Be Fired, Was Visibly Upset

After rampant speculation that began Sunday night following the Cowboys’ 45-7 loss to Green Bay, the firing of Wade Phillips was made official on Monday afternoon.  As we mentioned earlier, Jerry Jones has never fired a coach in the middle of the season.  However, Jones has never owned a team that starts out 1-7 after many experts picked them as a Super Bowl contender before the season started.

Apparently Phillips expected Jones to live up to his reputation of letting guys finish out the year.  According to a Jay Glazer tweet, those who spoke to Wade said he was “visibly upset” and that he “believed he was safe (Monday) morning.”  Phillips must have been putting a significant amount of stock into the reputation if he thought he would be spared even after Jerry’s “a lot of people will suffer the consequences” comments after Sunday night’s loss.

Another interesting tweet comes from FanHouse’s Dan Graziano, who is saying Jason Garrett is a candidate for the Cowboys head coaching position after this season.  Even before Tony Romo’s injury, one of the Cowboys’ many issues was a stale offense.  You could even argue that one of the reasons Phillips ended up getting canned was a lack of effective play calling.  Maybe Jones just wants Garrett to believe he’s a candidate so he gives it his all for the remainder of the year.  Whatever the case, I don’t think that would be a smart hire.  This is a team that clearly needs to make changes beyond just a head coaching switch.