Houston Texans, Wade Phillips make changes on coaching staff


Aug 9, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Houston Texans defensive backs coach Vance Joseph celebrates with Texans defensive back Shiloh Keo (31) after in interception in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The official Houston Texans website reported Wednesday interim head coach Wade Phillips announced the changes to the coaching staff, with Vance Joseph, the current defensive backs coach, calling all the defensive plays the weekend against the Indianapolis Colts.

In his article, Drew Daugherty quoted Phillips on Joseph, saying:

"“He’s very detailed. The players will know what they’re supposed to do … He always has input. All of them have input, certainly. He’s going to call the same things I’m going to call overall. Again, I can override anything.”"

Joseph is also the defensive backs coach with nine years of coaching experience.

In his media guide bio, it states Joseph is in his third season with the Texans. He spent the previous six years with the San Francisco 49ers.

This will be a good experience for Joseph as this may further his career, if not with the Texans’ coaching staff, than elsewhere in the NFL. Phillips seems to have the final say in all decisions with the play calling, so it seems there is a plan in place.

The last time the Texans and Colts played this season, Houston lost by a 27-24 score. Since then, the Colts have clinched the AFC South championship, but they haven’t been playing their best football.

I’m excited just to see what the Texans look like, not just with Joseph calling the defensive plays, but how they will look on the offensive side as well, in their first game since Gary Kubiak was fired.

Change has happened with the 2-11 Texans … now to see if any of it works to help with the final three games and into the offseason.