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Texans' Phillips pulls out as candidate to be Bucs' head coach

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Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has pulled his name out of consideration for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head-coaching job, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.

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Phillips, in his first season with the Texans, was scheduled to meet with the Buccaneers on Friday to discuss the opening created by the firing of Raheem Morris.

While Texans coach Gary Kubiak wasn't concerned about the interview, Phillips told the Houston Chronicle he withdrew from the job "because I want to be here and don't want to be a distraction." The Texans face the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game.

The Bucs have interviewed former NFL head coaches Brad Childress and Marty Schottenheimer, as well as Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman.

La Canfora has reported Sherman is well-positioned as the favorite for the position.

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