The Houston Texans have been able to overcome losses of some key players this season, advancing to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, but now they will have to overcome an even larger obstacle. Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is taking a leave of absence for a couple of weeks.
According to Fox26 reporter Mark Berman on Twitter, “Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will take a medical leave of absence for a couple of weeks”.
There has been no explanation of what the reason behind the leave of absence is, but this comes as a completely unexpected move. It is being reported now that LB coach Reggie Herring will assume duties of calling the defensive coordinator during Phiilips’ absence.
Houston currently has the number one seed in the AFC with three games remaining against Carolina, Indianapolis and finishing the season against the Tennessee Titans.
Prior to this announcement, ESPN AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky speculated that given the remarkable turnaround of the Texans defense this season orchestrated by Phillips, his name might emerge as a possible head coaching candidate once again after the season.
It is being reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN that the team expects Phillips to return later this season.