According to reports, the Buccaneers are set to interview Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips on Friday. Phillips and the Texans won their playoff game Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 31-10.
Phillips transformed the Texans defense in 2011. They went from the 30th ranked defense in 2010 to the 2nd ranked defense this year under Phillips' supervision. The Texans ran a 4-3 defense up until they hired Phillips in the offseason. The team ranked 6th in sacks while playing most of the season without converted outside linebacker Mario Williams. Phillips also helped develop rookies J.J. Watt and Brooks Reed into two of the better defensive rookies in the league.
The Texans coordinator has earned a 82-61 record as a head coach.
Phillips isn't the only coach that is being discussed for the Buccaneers head coach vacancy. According to reports, former Vikings coach Brad Childress will be interviewed for the team's coaching vacancy on Monday.
Childress was the Vikings' head coach from 2006 to 2010 and has a career record of 39-35. He led the Vikings to the NFC Championship in 2009 with Brett Favre as the starting quarterback. The Former Vikings coach was fired in the middle of the 2010 season after the team struggled their way to a 3-7 record.
In addition to Phillips and Childress, the Bucs are also said to be considering Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and former Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer.