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November 12, 1985
After laughing off a flurry of reports indicating that he had been fired as head coach of the New Orleans Saints, Bum Phillips said Monday that if the struggling 3-7 team does not make a dramatic turnaround, he thinks owner Tom Benson should find a new coach. "If we don't win five out if these next six ball games, then he has got to make a change," Phillips said. The Saints, who have lost their last five games, have three road games (Green Bay, Minnesota and St.
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January 5, 1998 | From Associated Press
Wade Phillips, who helped shape the Buffalo Bills into one of the NFL's strongest defensive teams, is expected to be hired today as the successor to Marv Levy. Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson acknowledged Sunday that a news conference has been scheduled for today. Wilson met with Phillips on Friday at the owner's winter home in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Buffalo News reported Sunday that Phillips accepted the job during a phone conversation with Wilson on Saturday.
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November 26, 1985
The first major coaching casualties of the football season became known Monday when Bum Phillips resigned as coach of the the New Orleans Saints, Foge Fazio was fired at the University of Pittsburgh, and Jim Garrett resigned at Columbia University. Phillips, the crew-cut cowboy coach of the Saints since 1981, abruptly quit, forgoing the final three years of his contract--and $1.3 million. Phillips' son Wade, the team's defensive coordinator, was named interim head coach.
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April 20, 1991 | THOMAS BONK
In his NFL career, Earl Campbell trampled would-be tacklers like a runaway bull, but Bum Phillips, his longtime coach, remembers when Campbell started slowing a bit. Campbell, who will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in July along with John Hannah, Tex Schramm, Jan Stenerud and Stan Jones, was near the end of his career when he rejoined his former Houston Oiler coach, Phillips, in New Orleans.
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August 25, 1985 | United Press International
Tim Wilson and Carl Mauck still wear the inscribed wristwatches that Earl Campbell gave them in 1980 for blocking prowess during the second year of the Houston Oilers' best three NFL years. Those watches, two of the seven Campbell handed out, are beautiful and durable watches. But they also symbolize the strong bond that remains among these men. Special athletic effort and everyday friendship are the mainsprings of that bond. "To Tim Wilson. 1,697 yards.
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January 5, 1998 | From Associated Press
Wade Phillips, who helped shape the Buffalo Bills into one of the NFL's strongest defensive teams, is expected to be hired today as the successor to Marv Levy. Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson acknowledged Sunday that a news conference has been scheduled for today. Wilson met with Phillips on Friday at the owner's winter home in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Buffalo News reported Sunday that Phillips accepted the job during a phone conversation with Wilson on Saturday.
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November 28, 1985 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
Being a head coach in the NFL isn't easy when your old man is a Bum. Just ask Wade Phillips, who this week was handed one of the least-coveted jobs on the bayou when he was named interim coach of the New Orleans Saints. "I thought it would be the happiest day of my life when I got to be a head coach in the NFL," he said. Monday's press conference, though, was no champagne brunch. There's little joy in being named to replace your own father in the job at which he failed.
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April 20, 1991 | THOMAS BONK
In his NFL career, Earl Campbell trampled would-be tacklers like a runaway bull, but Bum Phillips, his longtime coach, remembers when Campbell started slowing a bit. Campbell, who will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in July along with John Hannah, Tex Schramm, Jan Stenerud and Stan Jones, was near the end of his career when he rejoined his former Houston Oiler coach, Phillips, in New Orleans.
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October 7, 1989 | BOB WOLF
He used to be known only as Bum Phillips' son. Now he is being hailed as the man who has brought order out of chaos for the Denver Broncos' defense. When Wade Phillips served as defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints from 1981 to 1985, few people noticed that his unit finished among the top five in the National Football League three times in five seasons. Because his father was the Saints' head coach, the popular assumption was that he owed his job to nepotism.
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November 27, 1985 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
One can always tell when the Rams are about to go to New Orleans because strange things start to happen in the Crescent City. Two years ago, the Saints wound themselves into a frenzy of "Who Dat?" fever that was ultimately cooled by Mike Lansford's last-second, 42-yard field goal. The 26-24 win put the Rams in the playoffs and denied the Saints their first winning season.
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May 20, 1990 | MICHAEL A. LUTZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Directions to a man's place of business can often offer insights into his personality. For example: Turn off the two-lane just east of here, go four miles on the ranch road and after crossing a one-lane wooden bridge, take a gravel road two more miles, cross two cattle guards, drive past fields of grazing cattle and turn right when the road dead ends.
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January 21, 1990 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be coaches. Don't let 'em run projectors till until all hours of the morning, until some scatter-brain running back fumbles or some official leaves his glasses home and some oilman's kid decides to interrupt Christmas holiday to tell 'em they're history. All that happened to Wade Phillips' daddy, Bum. You can forget it, pilgrim. These are the sons of the pioneers.
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October 7, 1989 | BOB WOLF
He used to be known only as Bum Phillips' son. Now he is being hailed as the man who has brought order out of chaos for the Denver Broncos' defense. When Wade Phillips served as defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints from 1981 to 1985, few people noticed that his unit finished among the top five in the National Football League three times in five seasons. Because his father was the Saints' head coach, the popular assumption was that he owed his job to nepotism.
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November 20, 1986 | BOB OATES, Times Staff Writer
Thirty-one miles straight south of the Astrodome, where the Houston Oilers are playing football on this day, O. A. (Bum) Phillips has been building an oat bin since sunup. With the help of three neighbors, he will have it nicely pounded into place before supper time. "Man who cain't build an oat bin in a day should find some other way to make a livin'," he says. Phillips, 63, used to spend his Sundays at the Astrodome, where he coached the Oilers for six years.
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October 26, 1986 | MARK HEISLER, Times Staff Writer
Two streaking teams will meet today in the Astrodome. The Raiders have a four-game winning streak. The Oilers have a six-game losing streak. The Oilers, the baseball Astros complain, are--and will always be--first in the hearts of football-mad Houstonians. Under the direction of owner K.S.
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December 2, 1985 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, Times Staff Writer
The team that defeated the Rams, 29-3, Sunday afternoon was led by an owner who now doubles as general manager, a head coach who, by his own assessment, is three games away from unemployment, a Bible-thumping quarterback making only his third start of the season and a defense that brings new meaning to the word sieve . But there were the new New Orleans Saints Sunday thumping the Rams . . . Lambs (does it matter anymore?
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May 20, 1990 | MICHAEL A. LUTZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Directions to a man's place of business can often offer insights into his personality. For example: Turn off the two-lane just east of here, go four miles on the ranch road and after crossing a one-lane wooden bridge, take a gravel road two more miles, cross two cattle guards, drive past fields of grazing cattle and turn right when the road dead ends.
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December 2, 1985 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, Times Staff Writer
The team that defeated the Rams, 29-3, Sunday afternoon was led by an owner who now doubles as general manager, a head coach who, by his own assessment, is three games away from unemployment, a Bible-thumping quarterback making only his third start of the season and a defense that brings new meaning to the word sieve . But there were the new New Orleans Saints Sunday thumping the Rams . . . Lambs (does it matter anymore?
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November 28, 1985 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
Being a head coach in the NFL isn't easy when your old man is a Bum. Just ask Wade Phillips, who this week was handed one of the least-coveted jobs on the bayou when he was named interim coach of the New Orleans Saints. "I thought it would be the happiest day of my life when I got to be a head coach in the NFL," he said. Monday's press conference, though, was no champagne brunch. There's little joy in being named to replace your own father in the job at which he failed.
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November 27, 1985 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
One can always tell when the Rams are about to go to New Orleans because strange things start to happen in the Crescent City. Two years ago, the Saints wound themselves into a frenzy of "Who Dat?" fever that was ultimately cooled by Mike Lansford's last-second, 42-yard field goal. The 26-24 win put the Rams in the playoffs and denied the Saints their first winning season.
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