Texans officially name Wade Phillips interim head coach

Posted by Michael David Smith on November 6, 2013, 11:34 AM EST

The Texans have made it official: While Gary Kubiak recovers after collapsing on the field at halftime of Sunday’s game, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will serve as Houston’s interim head coach.

This is actually the third time in Phillips’ career that he has been an interim head coach: He took over for his father, Bum Phillips, for the final four games of the 1985 season in New Orleans, and he took over for Dan Reeves for the final three games of the 2003 season in Atlanta. Phillips has also been the full-time head coach of the Broncos, Bills and Cowboys.

Kubiak was released from the hospital on Tuesday, and indications are he will need a few weeks off. Phillips has been Kubiak’s defensive coordinator since 2011 and was the obvious choice to take over as interim head coach. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison is expected to take over the offensive play calling from Kubiak.

The Texans are at Arizona on Sunday.