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Jan 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips watches from the sideline against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

If they lose Zimmer, a good replacement might be current Texans Interim Wade Phillips who becomes his replacement. Say what you will about his head-coaching ability, but as a coordinator, his defenses have routinely ranked among the NFL’s best.

Despite the Texans floundering in a 2-13 campaign this year, his defense has still manged to rank No. 7 in the NFL, and his blitz-heavy defense would make him an adequate replacement for Zimmer.

Phillips has helped build 14 top-10 defenses and has helped lead teams to 13 playoff appearances, all of which have come since 1988, as a head coach or defensive coordinator. Phillips earned recognition as the Pro Football Writers of America Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011 after the Texans’ defense finished second in the NFL with 285.7 yards allowed per game.

The best-case scenario is that the Bengals keep Zimmer, but if they lose him, it never hurts to have some replacement options in mind.

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