Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Illnesses Thrust Phillips, del Rio Back in Head Coach Roles

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Illnesses Thrust Phillips, del Rio Back in Head Coach Roles

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Jack Del Rio and Wade Phillips know all about the stress of being head coaches, about the thrills and the disappointments. Both veteran defensive coordinators have been thrust into the top spot again because of illnesses to John Fox in Denver and Gary Kubiak in Houston.

Del Rio was appointed interim coach in Denver to replace Fox, who had heart surgery Monday. Del Rio was the head coach of the Jaguars from 2003-11 before joining the Broncos.

Phillips is stepping in for Kubiak, who collapsed on the sideline at halftime of last Sunday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts and was hospitalized for what was described as a "mini- stroke."

Phillips was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys from 2007 until midway through the 2010 season, compiling a 34-22 record. He also was head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 1998-2000, going 29-19 and leading the team to two playoff appearances.

Del Rio will try to keep the Broncos (7-1) winning on Sunday when they visit San Diego, with an AFC West showdown against unbeaten Kansas City coming up a week later.

"We believe we have a good football team," Del Rio said. "We're on a mission. We're on a mission to carry on and continue what Coach Fox has going with this football team. We all want to make him proud."

For Phillips, his job is to end the Texans' six-game losing streak when they travel to Arizona.

"It was certainly shocking what happened in the ballgame and the aftermath of that," Phillips said about Kubiak's collapse. "We're certainly glad that he's getting better. We've had kind of an upside-down season. Generally, things haven't been going our way very well. This was another example of that."

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