Phillips has orchestrated several dramatic turnarounds as a defensive architect, but none were as impressive as his work with the Houston Texans last season. He not only transformed a unit that ranked dead last in nearly every major category in 2010 into the No. 2 defense in the league, but he did it without the services of a Pro Bowl performer (Mario Williams) for most of the season.
Jul 5, 2012 – The entire defense greatly improved from 2010 to 2011, but perhaps no other group made a bigger leap last season than the defensive backs. The Texans allowed 267.5 passing yards per game in 2010 (worst in the league), 33 passing touchdowns (tied 31st), and intercepted just 13 passes (23rd). In 2011 the Texans allowed 189.7 passing yards per game (3rd in the league), 18 passing touchdowns (tied 6th), and intercepted 17 passes (tied for 13th). Night and day difference. The reason for the improvement is pretty obvious: better coaching and better players; what a genius strategy. After adding Johnathan Joseph, Danieal Manning, and moving Glover Quin to safety; the Texans had a new starter at 3 of the 4 defensive back spots. Despite a new scheme, new players, and a lock-out shortened off-season; the defensive backs gelled quickly and became play-makers.