Former Coach of the Houston Oilers Bum Phillips Dies at Age 90
Bum Phillips, the homespun Texan who was caricatured as a cowboy but possessed a keen football mind that built the Houston Oilers into one of the National Football League’s leading teams of the late 1970s, died Friday at his ranch in Goliad, Tex. He was 90.
His death was announced by his son, Wade, the defensive coordinator of the Houston Texans.
Outfitted in a white Stetson, work shirt, jeans and cowboy boots — including a powder-blue pair to match the Oiler colors — Phillips was a square-jawed, buzz-cut outsize character with a host of one-liners.
When he became the Oilers coach and general manager in 1975, replacing Sid Gillman, who was renowned as a master of passing attacks, Phillips was charged with rebuilding a downtrodden franchise.