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Texans fire defensive coordinator Wade Phillips

HOUSTON, TX (KLTV/KHOU) - On Saturday, the Houston Texans fired defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who had been with the team since 2011.

KHOU in Houston reports Phillips, who served as the interim head coach after head coach Gary Kubiak was fired in early December, was let go as new Texans head coach Bill O'Brien continues to overhaul is coaching staff. Phillips was also the interim head coach when Kubiak was sidelined after collapsing during a November game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Many considered Phillips to be a prime candidate to take over for Kubiak on a permanent basis before O'Brien was hired was hired earlier in the week after coaching Penn State from 2012 to 2013.

On Saturday morning, Phillips tweeted, "Thanks to McNair family and great Texan fans and most all our players. It was wonderful being home. I wish the best to all."

He followed that tweet with another message that said, " Special thanks to Bob & Janis McNair who treated my Dad so well. I will always be grateful."

Phillips served as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys from 2007-2010 before being fired on November 8, 2010 after a 1-7 start, ending with a 45-7 loss to Green Bay.

Phillips is the son of former NFL coach Bum Phillips, who died October 18, 2013 after a long high school, college and professional coaching career, including time as the head coach of the Houston Oilers from 1975-1980.

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