Wade Phillips: Texans Need Johnny Manziel

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Wade Phillips might be out of a job, be he still seems concerned about the affairs of the Houston Texans.

According to USA Today, during his initial interview for the Texans head coaching job, Phillips was asked by management who he would select with the No.1 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Phillips said it was an easy choice, and he told Texans execs that he would draft Johnny Manziel first.

“When I did the interview with the McNairs, I told them they ought to take Johnny Football,” Phillips said on the “In the Loop with Nick and Lopez” radio show on 610 SportsRadio in Houston. “That’s what I told them, and I’m sitting here now.”

Phillips used his experience coaching Doug Flutie as a model for why Manziel can be successful in the NFL.

“I had [Doug] Flutie,” Phillips said. “And I had him at the end of his career. He was a lot older at that time, but those kinds of guys who can make first downs when you’re not supposed to, I think they give you something.” Phillips said.

“I just like the way he plays,” Phillips added later. “I think he makes plays that nobody else can make.”