HONOLULU – The entire Texans coaching staff is in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl this week. That includes defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who missed two games late in the season after having surgery on his kidney and gallbladder on Dec. 15.
“I was concerned whether he was gonna make the trip or not, but he really wanted to,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “It’s ended up being a blessing for him. He’s getting a lot of rest, and you can’t help but get well out here.”
Phillips, 64, looks noticeably healthier than he did in the final weeks of the Texans’ season, when he admitted that his surgery and recovery had taken a toll on his energy level. He coached the Texans’ regular-season finale and first playoff game from the press box before returning to the sideline for the Divisional Round game at Baltimore.
“Good,” he said on Thursday after being asked how he’s feeling. “I’m doing well. Getting better every day. I’m not 100 percent yet, but I’m getting there…
“This is paradise right here, you know? I don’t know if I could stay on an island this far out too long, but a week is really nice.”
Aside from relaxing poolside or by the ocean, Phillips said he has enjoyed being around the Pro Bowl players and comparing them with players on the Texans.
“We feel like we should have more (Pro Bowlers), and looking at some of our guys compared to some of the players here, I think we’ve got some guys that are capable,” Phillips said. “So it’s nice to be here.”
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