Wade Phillips officially named interim coach

Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips protests a call

Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips protests a call during the second quarter against the Giants. (Oct. 25, 2010) (Credit: MCT)

After Texans head coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the field at halftime of Sunday night's game against Indianapolis, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took over the coaching duties for the second half. Phillips will now be the team's interim head coach until Kubiak, who suffered what has been described as a "mini-stroke," returns to the sidelines. 

The move makes complete sense. Not only has Phillips taken over as interim coach on two previous occasions - in 1985 for his father Bum in New Orleans and in 2003 when he replaced Dan Reeves after the Falcons coach underwent heart surgery - but Phillips has been a head coach for three different teams. 

Kubiak was released from the hospital on Tuesday, and while there is no official timetable for his return, he is expected to take a few weeks off to recover. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison is expected to call plays; Kubiak also calls plays in addition to his duties as head coach. 

The Texans visit the Cardinals on Sunday. 

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