Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is the 2011 Sporting News Coordinator of the Year.
Phillips received 15 votes from a panel of 32 NFL coaches and executives, ousting 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio (6 votes) and Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano (4).
In his first season in Houston, Phillips improved the Texans’ defense by 91.2 yards per game, the third-biggest turnaround in modern NFL history. The Texans ranked second in yards allowed (285.7/game) after ranking 30th (376.9) in 2010. They ranked third against the pass (189.7) after ranking 32nd in 2010 (267.5, seventh-worst in NFL history). They were fourth against the run (96.0) and fourth in scoring (17.4 points/game), up from 13th (109.4) and 29th (26.7) in those categories.
Phillips, 64, accomplished all of that despite having a lockout-abbreviated offseason in which to convert the Texans from a 4-3 to a 3-4. The Texans also set a team record with 45 sacks and had 27 takeaways, nine more than in 2010.
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