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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
    I don't have anything against Wade's coaching ability. But as previously stated, Wade's persona is that of a cream puff who runs a very loose ship- the absolute last thing

    the Rams need.

    My three choices are as follows: Jeff Fisher, Marty Schottenheimer and Jon Gruden. I cannot get the least bit excited over anyone else, especially coordinators or others who represent the great unknown.

    Looks like I'm going to be very disappointed- something I've sadly come to expect from this football team.
    Is it really fair to paint Wade as a 'Cream puff'? When
    overshadowed by an owner such as Jerry Jones guess it would be easy to be
    preceived that way.
    Mike McCarthy in Green Bay could also be seen as soft, but results is all that matters.
    Spags talked as if he was full of fire, but we all found out that he was just full of it.
    Marty Shottenheimer and Wade Phillips are pretty much in the same boat, good
    Coaches, but never being able to take their teams all the way.
    Time may have past Marty by it seems, and with Fish and Gruden, they would only be
    out for their own agendas, it wouldn't be about the Rams.
    The reason Wade's a good fit for the Rams is that he's serviceable
    with a good proven track record, who could quickly come in and get
    a bad team up and running again, especially on defense, to which the Rams
    so desparately needs.
    It may never happen, but the Rams could at least
    have a look.


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    I think you are right about Phillips. He struggles to get teams through the playoffs but does a good job in the regular season, drafting good players, and upgrading the defense. He would be a good hire to get things turned around. After that happens you can bring in someone to take you the rest of the way. But he is proven winner and has turned around every team he has coached.

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    I have criticized Wade Phillips for many coaching foibles. Rightly so, I must add. He is, how do I say this, not a strong head coach.

    Laziness is not one of his flaws.

    I have no doubt that he has spent a good hunk of every day since Saturday with film of Joe Flacco and Ray Rice playing on a loop, trying to figure out how to pressure and blitz and harass Baltimore's offense enough to give the Houston Texans a fighting chance in Sunday's playoff game. He undoubtedly, by this point, has a plan a mix of blitzes and zone coverages and previously unseen wrinkles.

    Phillips does this exceptionally well, this defensive coordination, as he proved once again in Houston.

    Barely a year after being booted from head coaching duties in Dallas in disgrace after his team gutlessly quit on what frankly had been a gutless four years, he is the toast of Houston.

    This is where his daddy coached and so they were bound to love him. He made them love him more by transforming a Texans defense that ranked 30th in 2010 into one of the best in the NFL this season. They won a playoff game, finally, in large part thanks to his defensive abilities. His side of the ball held things together as injuries forced them to start a rookie quarterback.

    So what does it say that Houston is wary of him right now? What does it say that the Texans do not think he has done everything to prepare them?

    It says that Wade has not learned, and never will.

    What he once again failed was the perception test, because in a playoff week, Phillips was planning on going to Tampa to interview for the Buccaneers' head coaching job until he changed his mind on Thursday night. Forget for a second that this was a horrible idea. What Wade forgot is how this looks.

    He should know this by now. In his first year in Dallas, the Cowboys were unbelievable. They had a 13-3 record and had earned a first-round bye. And good old Wade gave his players freedom that off week. There were no restrictions.

    So quarterback Tony Romo and a few other players went to Cabo with Jessica Simpson. There were photos, too. Then there was the loss to the Giants, who had barely snuck into the playoffs but eventually went on to win the Super Bowl when everybody had been predicting Dallas. Those days in Cabo were not why the Cowboys lost, but they became the sign of how they were unprepared to win.

    Perception matters. It does. And so it does with Phillips and the Texans. Again, this is not about actual preparation. The plan is in place. It is unlikely that anything Flacco or Rice does on Sunday has any origins in where Wade may have spent his Friday.

    What Wade should have done was demur, saying he had finally come home and settled into the perfect job for him. He lacks this self awareness, even now, even after that spectacular failing in Dallas. The ego is a funny thing, his convincing him he needs a Super Bowl as a head coach for his legacy and failing to inform him that such an outcome is highly unlikely.

    It is like kicking a dead horse to go over all of his failings in Dallas.

    Coach Cupcake, as I called Phillips in Dallas, is not a bad guy. He was just not a very good head coach. Here was a guy who never could seem to win in the playoffs and failed to properly understand the perception this created when he acted like big things had been accomplished based on stats and regular-season accolades.

    After the Giants loss, he talked of the better team losing. And in trying to defend it the next year, he said the bye week was like a playoff win. This was a football coach who on the eve of his last training camp said he did not want anybody to be uncomfortable.

    The players defended him because they liked him but never fought for him. In what turned out to be his last game, they quit. And when Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had to backtrack and take the unprecedented (for him) step of firing his coach during the season, the players all talked of a leaderless team and how this probably needed to happen long ago.

    It is odd then for Phillips to want to interview for a team that quit on its coach this season, and yet, he was still planning to interview. The perception is his brain is not focused on beating Baltimore.

    That Wade fails to recognize these matters has always been his biggest failing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richtree View Post
    Wade Phillips HAS NO LEADERSHIP QUALITIES.....HE IS AN UNDERACHIEVER .....He is a college assistant....and that is where he will be in 2 years....
    This is just plain wrong. Hes a great coordinator and he is a prime reason the Texans are in the playoffs. However, theres no way I would support him as a HC. Thats just a job he will never exceed at.

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