You don't mess with a happy Son of Bum. One day after his father — and coaching mentor — Bum Phillips turned 89, Wade Phillips turned up the Houston Texans' blitz and celebrated in true Phillips family fashion: By knocking out a quarterback.
Jake Locker, the Tennessee Titans' talented second-year quarterback, lasted less than nine minutes and all of seven plays against Wade's Bulls On Parade defense.
For Quin, it's the first sack of his career. Just another perk of playing for the happy defensive scientist.
When Phillips moved safety Glover Quin close to the line and sent him on a blitz from the right side with the Titans facing third-and-7 at their own 12-yard line, Locker wasn't the only one who didn't see him coming. Quin blew through the Titans' shotgun formation and slammed Locker into the ground before the quarterback could even think of getting rid of the football.
The Titans ended up recovering Locker's fumble, but they'd lose their quarterback.
Locker stayed down on the grass for several minutes as the Titans' training staff huddled around him. It appeared that Locker was clutching his left index finger, but the injury is bigger than that. Locker has re-injured the left shoulder he first hurt in a Week One loss to the New England Patriots.
The quarterback spent the rest of the first half on the sidelines with his shoulder in a sling. The Titans are once again veteran Matt Hasselbeck's team for now and likely the immediate future.
Hasselbeck didn't play bad, completing five of his first seven passes against Wade's defense and pulling Tennessee within 14-7 at the half. But he's a much different threat than Locker, who burned the Detroit Lions' suspect defense for 378 yards in a 44-point Titans performance last week.
For Quin, it's the first sack of his career. Just another perk of playing for the happy defensive scientist. With Wade Phillips in charge, everyone gets the chance to attack — sooner or later.
"Wade is equally opportunity," Texans defensive end Antonio Smith said a few days before the game. "Every man gets his moment."