Of course, he repeated a claim that has been made over the years, that isn't true, it's close, but it's off some.
Here is the LINK to the Q&A.
Phillips is referring to the 3-4 defense and why he likes it more than a 4-3 and then says the Houston Oilers were the first team to use the 3-4 fulltime.
Well. . . yes and no.
The first teams to use it as their full-time base defense were the 1974 Oilers AND ALSO the 1974 New England Patriots. Both teams opened the 1974 using the 3-4 defense, not just the Oilers.
However, many (if not all) teams dabbled in going back to the early 1960s. In the early 1970s a lot of teams used it quite a bit, the Patriots and Oilers among then, especially in 1973. But the Dolphins used it as a pass defense (the 53 defense) in 1972-73 and the Bills used it a lot in the mid-1960s, as did the Chargers and other AFL teams/
So, Phillips is not far off, but just to be accurate the Patriots got there first as well.
|Game 1 Oilers used the 3-4|
|Patriots in Game 1, 1974 in the 3-4|
Here are some AFL shots from the 1960s with a few teams in the 3-4—
|This is the 1960 Chargers versus Denver with LAC in 3-4|
|1965 Chargers with the RDE on 2-point stance|
|Same game, Chargers with left DE standing up giving defense a 3-4 look|
|1965 Bills in their 3-4 with the RDE on second level over a guard|
|Chiefs with Buck Buchanon on the nose RDE standing up (LLB Bell in crouch)|