Texans fire defensive coordinator Wade Phillips

Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips coaches against the Indianapolis Colts during...

Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips coaches against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Colts won 27-24. (Thomas Campbell/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Houston Texans fired defensive coordinator Wade Phillips on Saturday after meeting with new coach Bill O'Brien, ESPN.com reported.

Phillips served as defensive coordinator for three seasons and was interim coach for the last three games of 2013 when Gary Kubiak was fired. Phillips interviewed for the head coaching job two weeks ago.

Before coming to Houston, Phillips was the Dallas Cowboys' head coach.

"Thanks to McNair family and great Texan fans and most all our players. It was wonderful being home. I wish the best to all," Phillips wrote on Twitter.

The Texans have the No. 1 pick in the draft after finishing an NFL-worst 2-14.

O'Brien had brief meetings with the rest of the assistant coaches Saturday and is not expected to retain any of them. He will reportedly hire Romeo Crennel to replace Phillips. Crennel previously coached the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs. He and O'Brien are former New England Patriots assistants but did not work there at the same time.

Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison was also fired Saturday, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Defensive backs coach Vance Joseph, assistant defensive backs coach Perry Carter and quarterbacks coach Karl Dorrell also met with O'Brien.

O'Brien reportedly expects to hire Jim Bernhardt, who served as special assistant to the head coach and director of player development at Penn State under O'Brien.


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