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Texans feel weird without Gary Kubiak at the helm

Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will take over as Houston's interim head coach and try to help the team end a six-game skid with Gary Kubiak out indefinitely after suffering a mini-stroke this weekend

''I'm just keeping the seat warm,'' Phillips said.

It's a familiar position for Phillips, a 30-plus-year NFL coaching veteran, who was last a head coach in Dallas and has twice served as an interim head coach in the league. The first time came in 1985 when his father Bum Phillips stepped down with the Saints, the second was in 2003 when Dan Reeves resigned as Atlanta's coach with three games left.

''Thirty-three years I've been either a coordinator on one side of the ball or a head coach,'' Phillips said. ''I think experience helps. I hope it does in this case. I'm pretty familiar with what (to do).''

-- Associated Press

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