Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will not become the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Phillips informed the Bucs that he was pulling out of their interview that was scheduled for Friday according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
He was considered to be a long shot to land the job.
Regardless, the news is good for the Texans as the veteran coach will now be able to focus on his health, recovery and preparing Houston to face the Baltimore Ravens.
Phillips is likely content with his decision given his comments earlier in the day.
“My first priority is to be here,” Phillips said following Thursday’s practice. “I like it here. I love it here. You know we’ve had such a magical year and we’re going to keep it going so that’s my first choice. You know I may not be their choice either.”
Tampa Bay has been busy interviewing potential candidates to replace Raheem Morris who joined the Washington Redskins this week.
Marty Schottenheimer was among those interviewed. If he lands the job look for his son Brian to be first in line to join his staff.
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