HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Vance Joseph has been the Texans’ defensive back coach for the past three seasons. But in Sunday’s game against the Colts, he’ll be calling the shots on defense for the first time in his career.
“It’s special, and I’m honored by it,” said Joseph. “It’s going to be good. I’m excited about it. Wade’s [Phillips] excited about it. The players are excited about it.
Expanding his focus from just the secondary to the entire defense is a major jump in terms of responsibilities. Still, Joseph didn’t seem fazed by the added work-load.
“It’s a group effort really,” said the third year DB coach. “When you gameplan it’s a group effort. One guy calls it. But from Tuesday to Friday it all of us doing the game plan.”
He said he’ll have plenty of help from coaches like Bill Kollar (defensive line), Reggie Herring (linebacker), and Perry Carter (assistant defensive backs). But at the end of the day, Joseph is probably most relaxed because he knows he’s still running Wade Phillips’ defense.
“He can override me when he wants,” said Joseph. “It happens so fast he probably can’t a lot. But in between the series he can help me out.”
Indianapolis has been a house of horrors for the Texans. Whether at the RCA Dome or Lucas Oil Stadium, Houston is winless (0-11) against the Colts in Indy. Joseph acknowledged getting that first ever win won’t be easy against quarterback Andrew Luck and his AFC South champion squad.
“It’s a challenge,” continued Joseph. “Their quarterback’s amazing. He’s a very smart guy. You can’t trick him. It takes solid football to beat that guy.”
But it’s a challenge Joseph hopes he can help to finally accomplish, especially for his old head coach Gary Kubiak.
“In my mind I want to honor Kubiak by winning there,” said Joseph. “That’s my goal this weekend.”
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