August 25, 1985 |
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.
January 5, 1998 |
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.
November 28, 1985 |
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.
April 20, 1991 |
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.
October 7, 1989 |
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.
November 27, 1985 |
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.