Bum Phillips

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Personal informationBum Phillips_header_cell_0_0_0
Born:Bum Phillips_header_cell_0_1_0 (1923-09-29)September 29, 1923

Orange, TexasBum Phillips_cell_0_1_1

Died:Bum Phillips_header_cell_0_2_0 October 18, 2013(2013-10-18) (aged 90)

Goliad, TexasBum Phillips_cell_0_2_1

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College:Bum Phillips_header_cell_0_4_0 Stephen F. AustinBum Phillips_cell_0_4_1
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Regular season:Bum Phillips_header_cell_0_9_0 NFL: 82–77 (.516)Bum Phillips_cell_0_9_1
Postseason:Bum Phillips_header_cell_0_10_0 NFL: 4–3 (.571)Bum Phillips_cell_0_10_1
Career:Bum Phillips_header_cell_0_11_0 NFL: 86–80 (.518)

NCAA: 4–5 (.444)Bum Phillips_cell_0_11_1

Oail Andrew "Bum" Phillips (September 29, 1923 – October 18, 2013) was an American football coach at the high school, college and professional levels. Bum Phillips_sentence_0

He served as head coach in the National Football League (NFL) for the Houston Oilers from 1975 to 1980 and the New Orleans Saints from 1981 to 1985. Bum Phillips_sentence_1

He was the father of NFL coach Wade Phillips. Bum Phillips_sentence_2

Early football career Bum Phillips_section_0

Phillips played football at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, but enlisted in the U.S. Bum Phillips_sentence_3 Marine Corps shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Bum Phillips_sentence_4

He became one of the elite Marine Raiders. Bum Phillips_sentence_5

After he returned from the war, Phillips completed the remaining year on his degree at Lamar (a junior college at the time), and enrolled at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, lettering in football in 1948 and 1949 and graduating with a degree in education in 1949. Bum Phillips_sentence_6

During the 1950s and 1960s, Phillips coached high school football in various Texas cities including: Nederland, Jacksonville, Amarillo High School, and Port Neches–Groves (1963–1964). Bum Phillips_sentence_7

His college coaching stints included serving as an assistant coach at Texas A&M University (for Bear Bryant), the University of Houston (for Bill Yeoman), Southern Methodist University (for Hayden Fry), and Oklahoma State University with Jim Stanley. Bum Phillips_sentence_8

He was the head coach at the University of Texas at El Paso for one season in 1962. Bum Phillips_sentence_9

NFL coaching career Bum Phillips_section_1

In the late 1960s, Phillips was hired by Sid Gillman to serve as a defensive assistant coach for the San Diego Chargers. Bum Phillips_sentence_10

In 1973, Gillman became head coach of the Houston Oilers, and he brought Phillips with him as his defensive coordinator. Bum Phillips_sentence_11

In 1975, Phillips was named head coach and general manager of the Oilers, and he served in that capacity through 1980. Bum Phillips_sentence_12

As coach of the Oilers, he became the winningest coach in franchise history (59–38 record). Bum Phillips_sentence_13

Under Phillips, the Oilers reached the AFC Championship Game in two consecutive seasons, losing to the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers 34–5 in 1978 and 27–13 in 1979. Bum Phillips_sentence_14

Both teams were members of the competitive AFC Central Division and thus played three times in both 1978 and 1979, fueling an intense rivalry. Bum Phillips_sentence_15

During this period of league-wide AFC dominance, some commentators considered the Oilers and Steelers to be the two best teams in the NFL. Bum Phillips_sentence_16

Phillips remarked at the time, "The road to the Super Bowl goes through Pittsburgh." Bum Phillips_sentence_17

After he was fired on New Year's Eve 1980 by Oilers owner Bud Adams, he was hired by New Orleans Saints owner John Mecom Jr., and served as head coach and general manager of the Saints from 1981 through the first 12 games of the 1985 season. Bum Phillips_sentence_18

As in his coaching tenure with the Oilers, Phillips took off his trademark Stetson inside the Louisiana Superdome. Bum Phillips_sentence_19

In 1983, his Saints almost had the first winning season and playoff berth in franchise history. Bum Phillips_sentence_20

The Rams beat the Saints for the final playoff spot in week 16, 26–24 on Mike Lansford's 42-yard field goal with 00:02 to play. Bum Phillips_sentence_21

Phillips offered to resign prior to the 1985 season after Tom Benson purchased the Saints for $70 million from Mecom, but Benson asked him to stay on to help his transition into NFL ownership. Bum Phillips_sentence_22

Phillips resigned as Saints coach on November 25, 1985, one day after a 30–23 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, 12 games into the season. Bum Phillips_sentence_23

His son, Wade, would take over the coaching reins on an interim basis for the remaining four games of the 1985 season. Bum Phillips_sentence_24

The Saints defeated the Rams 29-3 in Wade Phillips' first game at the helm, but finished with losses to the Cardinals, 49ers and Falcons. Bum Phillips_sentence_25

Later life and family Bum Phillips_section_2

Phillips later worked as a football color analyst for television and Oilers radio broadcasts. Bum Phillips_sentence_26

He subsequently retired to his horse ranch in Goliad, Texas. Bum Phillips_sentence_27

His son, Wade Phillips, has also held assistant and head coaching jobs in the NFL and was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys from February 2007 to November 2010. Bum Phillips_sentence_28

Wade was hired by the Houston Texans on January 5, 2011, as their new defensive coordinator almost exactly 30 years after his father was terminated by Oilers owner Bud Adams on December 28, 1980, after the Oilers failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs. Bum Phillips_sentence_29

Wade won a Super Bowl title at Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos as defensive coordinator, and was the defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams who advanced to Super Bowl LIII and later parted ways with the Rams following the 2019 season. Bum Phillips_sentence_30

His grandson Wes is also an NFL assistant coach. Bum Phillips_sentence_31

In 2010, he published his memoirs, Bum Phillips: Coach, Cowboy, Christian. Bum Phillips_sentence_32

Death Bum Phillips_section_3

Phillips died at his ranch in Goliad, Texas, on October 18, 2013, at the age of 90. Bum Phillips_sentence_33

He was survived by his second wife, Debbie, and six children from his first marriage along with almost two dozen grandchildren. Bum Phillips_sentence_34

The cause was not given. Bum Phillips_sentence_35

In honor of Bum Phillips coaching both Nederland and Port Neches-Groves High Schools, the rivalry game between his two favorite schools will now be named the Bum Phillips Bowl. Bum Phillips_sentence_36

Quotes Bum Phillips_section_4

Phillips was known for his trademark Stetson cowboy hat on the sidelines, except when the Oilers played in the Astrodome or other domed stadiums. Bum Phillips_sentence_37

He stated that his mother taught him not to wear a hat indoors; his former boss Bear Bryant similarly refused to wear his trademark houndstooth hat during indoor games. Bum Phillips_sentence_38

Phillips wore his cowboy hat with blue jeans and a button down shirt, in contrast to Dallas Cowboys head coach Tom Landry who wore a suit and tie with his trademark fedora. Bum Phillips_sentence_39

Besides his trademark cowboy hat, Phillips is also known for his colorful quotes, such that Sports Illustrated noted that Wikipedia had a whole section of his page dedicated to these quips. Bum Phillips_sentence_40

In the week leading up to Super Bowl LIII, his son Wade was quoted as saying “Unfortunately, I get older but Tom Brady doesn’t,” while sporting the elder Phillip's sheepskin coat and cowboy hat as the Los Angeles Rams arrived in Atlanta. Bum Phillips_sentence_41

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  • "There's two kinds of coaches, them that's fired and them that's gonna be fired."Bum Phillips_item_0_0
  • "I always thought I could coach. I just thought people were poor judges of good coaches."Bum Phillips_item_0_1
  • "I've never seen a hammer and tong game like that one."Bum Phillips_item_0_2
  • To a reporter who said, "He sure gets up slow", after Earl Campbell had been tackled. "Yes, but he goes down slow, too."Bum Phillips_item_0_3
  • "The harder we played the behinder we got."Bum Phillips_item_0_4
  • "Mama always said that if it can't rain on you, you're indoors." (Explaining why he wouldn't wear his cowboy hat in the Astrodome, the first domed stadium)Bum Phillips_item_0_5
  • "Dallas Cowboys may be America's team, but the Houston Oilers are Texas' team."Bum Phillips_item_0_6
  • "I never scrimmage Oilers against Oilers... what for? Houston isn't on our schedule." (Source: The Book of Sports Lists)Bum Phillips_item_0_7
  • (To an official) "Hey, can I, can I tell you one thing? That's three holding penalties on one football team in a quarter and a half. (Pauses) That ain't funny."Bum Phillips_item_0_8
  • (To an official) "Now, you can't do that! If you do it, I'm telling you you'll have more hell over it than a little bit."Bum Phillips_item_0_9
  • (after playing the Steelers for the fifth time in two seasons and planning to meet them a sixth time) "The road to the Super Bowl runs through Pittsburgh, sooner or later you've got to go to Pittsburgh.Bum Phillips_item_0_10
  • (20 years after playing Pittsburgh six times in two seasons) "Don't take long to spend all the time you want in Pittsburgh."Bum Phillips_item_0_11
  • (referring to Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula) "He can take his'n and beat your'n and take your'n and beat his'n." He also said the same line about Bear Bryant.Bum Phillips_item_0_12
  • (referring to Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon) "That boy could throw a football through a car wash and not get it wet."Bum Phillips_item_0_13
  • (when asked about Oilers RB Earl Campbell's inability to finish a one-mile run in training camp) "When it's first and a mile, I won't give it to him."Bum Phillips_item_0_14
  • (when asked by Bob Costas why he took his wife on all of the Oilers' road trips) "Because she's too ugly to kiss goodbye."Bum Phillips_item_0_15
  • (on January 7, 1980, to the crowd at the Astrodome that welcomed the Oilers home after their second consecutive loss to the Steelers in the AFC championship game) "One year ago, we knocked on the door. This year, we beat on the door. Next year, we're going to kick the son of a bitch in."Bum Phillips_item_0_16
  • (of Earl Campbell) "I don't know if he's in a class by himself, but I do know that when that class gets together, it sure don't take long to call the roll."Bum Phillips_item_0_17
  • Late one night, Phillips and Sid Gillman were watching film and Phillips began to doze off. Gillman woke him up by saying, "Hey Bum, this is better than making love." Phillips responded, "Either I don't know how to watch film, Sid, or you don't know how to make love." (Phillips later indicated that his language may have actually been stronger than that.)Bum Phillips_item_0_18
  • "Respect all. Fear none."Bum Phillips_item_0_19
  • The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline."Bum Phillips_item_0_20

Head coaching record Bum Phillips_section_5

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TeamBum Phillips_header_cell_1_0_0 YearBum Phillips_header_cell_1_0_1 Regular seasonBum Phillips_header_cell_1_0_2 Post-seasonBum Phillips_header_cell_1_0_7
WonBum Phillips_header_cell_1_1_0 LostBum Phillips_header_cell_1_1_1 TiesBum Phillips_header_cell_1_1_2 Win %Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_1_3 FinishBum Phillips_header_cell_1_1_4 WonBum Phillips_header_cell_1_1_5 LostBum Phillips_header_cell_1_1_6 Win %Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_1_7 ResultBum Phillips_header_cell_1_1_8
HOUBum Phillips_header_cell_1_2_0 1975Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_2_1 10Bum Phillips_cell_1_2_2 4Bum Phillips_cell_1_2_3 0Bum Phillips_cell_1_2_4 .714Bum Phillips_cell_1_2_5 3rd in AFC CentralBum Phillips_cell_1_2_6 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_2_7 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_2_8 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_2_9 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_2_10
HOUBum Phillips_header_cell_1_3_0 1976Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_3_1 5Bum Phillips_cell_1_3_2 9Bum Phillips_cell_1_3_3 0Bum Phillips_cell_1_3_4 .357Bum Phillips_cell_1_3_5 4th in AFC CentralBum Phillips_cell_1_3_6 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_3_7 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_3_8 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_3_9 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_3_10
HOUBum Phillips_header_cell_1_4_0 1977Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_4_1 8Bum Phillips_cell_1_4_2 6Bum Phillips_cell_1_4_3 0Bum Phillips_cell_1_4_4 .571Bum Phillips_cell_1_4_5 2nd in AFC CentralBum Phillips_cell_1_4_6 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_4_7 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_4_8 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_4_9 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_4_10
HOUBum Phillips_header_cell_1_5_0 1978Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_5_1 10Bum Phillips_cell_1_5_2 6Bum Phillips_cell_1_5_3 0Bum Phillips_cell_1_5_4 .571Bum Phillips_cell_1_5_5 2nd in AFC CentralBum Phillips_cell_1_5_6 2Bum Phillips_cell_1_5_7 1Bum Phillips_cell_1_5_8 .667Bum Phillips_cell_1_5_9 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Championship Game.Bum Phillips_cell_1_5_10
HOUBum Phillips_header_cell_1_6_0 1979Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_6_1 11Bum Phillips_cell_1_6_2 5Bum Phillips_cell_1_6_3 0Bum Phillips_cell_1_6_4 .688Bum Phillips_cell_1_6_5 2nd in AFC CentralBum Phillips_cell_1_6_6 2Bum Phillips_cell_1_6_7 1Bum Phillips_cell_1_6_8 .667Bum Phillips_cell_1_6_9 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Championship Game.Bum Phillips_cell_1_6_10
HOUBum Phillips_header_cell_1_7_0 1980Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_7_1 11Bum Phillips_cell_1_7_2 5Bum Phillips_cell_1_7_3 0Bum Phillips_cell_1_7_4 .688Bum Phillips_cell_1_7_5 2nd in AFC CentralBum Phillips_cell_1_7_6 0Bum Phillips_cell_1_7_7 1Bum Phillips_cell_1_7_8 .000Bum Phillips_cell_1_7_9 Lost to Oakland Raiders in AFC Wild-Card Game.Bum Phillips_cell_1_7_10
HOU TotalBum Phillips_header_cell_1_8_0 55Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_8_2 35Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_8_3 0Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_8_4 .611Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_8_5 Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_8_6 4Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_8_7 3Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_8_8 .571Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_8_9 Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_8_10
NOBum Phillips_header_cell_1_9_0 1981Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_9_1 4Bum Phillips_cell_1_9_2 12Bum Phillips_cell_1_9_3 0Bum Phillips_cell_1_9_4 .250Bum Phillips_cell_1_9_5 4th in NFC WestBum Phillips_cell_1_9_6 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_9_7 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_9_8 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_9_9 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_9_10
NOBum Phillips_header_cell_1_10_0 1982Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_10_1 4Bum Phillips_cell_1_10_2 5Bum Phillips_cell_1_10_3 0Bum Phillips_cell_1_10_4 .444Bum Phillips_cell_1_10_5 9th in NFCBum Phillips_cell_1_10_6 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_10_7 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_10_8 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_10_9 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_10_10
NOBum Phillips_header_cell_1_11_0 1983Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_11_1 8Bum Phillips_cell_1_11_2 8Bum Phillips_cell_1_11_3 0Bum Phillips_cell_1_11_4 .500Bum Phillips_cell_1_11_5 3rd in NFC WestBum Phillips_cell_1_11_6 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_11_7 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_11_8 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_11_9 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_11_10
NOBum Phillips_header_cell_1_12_0 1984Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_12_1 7Bum Phillips_cell_1_12_2 9Bum Phillips_cell_1_12_3 0Bum Phillips_cell_1_12_4 .438Bum Phillips_cell_1_12_5 3rd in NFC WestBum Phillips_cell_1_12_6 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_12_7 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_12_8 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_12_9 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_12_10
NOBum Phillips_header_cell_1_13_0 1985Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_13_1 4Bum Phillips_cell_1_13_2 8Bum Phillips_cell_1_13_3 0Bum Phillips_cell_1_13_4 .333Bum Phillips_cell_1_13_5 ResignedBum Phillips_cell_1_13_6 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_13_7 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_13_8 -Bum Phillips_cell_1_13_9 Bum Phillips_cell_1_13_10
NO TotalBum Phillips_header_cell_1_14_0 27Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_14_2 42Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_14_3 0Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_14_4 .391Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_14_5 Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_14_6 0Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_14_7 0Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_14_8 .000Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_14_9 Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_14_10
TotalBum Phillips_header_cell_1_15_0 82Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_15_2 77Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_15_3 0Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_15_4 .516Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_15_5 Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_15_6 4Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_15_7 3Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_15_8 .571Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_15_9 Bum Phillips_header_cell_1_15_10

See also Bum Phillips_section_8

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bum Phillips.