32 Bum Phillips Quotes from the American Football Coach

Bum Phillips was an NFL coach from 1967 to 1985 and was mostly known for leading the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints.

He had a career record of 126-117-4 and an 83-80-0 record as a head coach.

Phillips coached notable players like Earl Campbell leading them to multiple awards.

Before becoming a head coach he worked under Sid Gillman and Charlie Waller.

Bum Phillips Quotes

Four of his assistants later became head coaches.

Phillips passed away in 2013 at age 90.

Here are some of the greatest quotes by Bum Phillips.

Top 5 Bum Phillips Quotes


An expert is an ordinary fella away from home. ~ Bum Phillips.


I don’t mind people thinking I’m stupid, but I don’t want to give them any proof. ~ Bum Phillips.


Respect all. Fear none. ~ Bum Phillips.


You don’t win by making sensational plays; you win by not making mistakes. ~ Bum Phillips.


The film looks suspiciously like the game itself! ~ Bum Phillips.

Inspiring Bum Phillips Quotes

There’s two kinds of coaches, them that’s fired and them that’s gonna be fired. ~ Bum Phillips.

The harder we played the behinder we got. ~ Bum Phillips.


Coaching is not how much you know. It’s how much you can get players to do. ~ Bum Phillips.

How do you win? By getting average players to play good and good players to play great. That’s how you win. ~ Bum Phillips.

Because she is too ugly to kiss goodbye. ~ Bum Phillips.


I don’t need the news. If they have a war, I figure someone will tell me. ~ Bum Phillips.

Dallas Cowboys may be America’s team, but the Houston Oilers are Texas’ team. ~ Bum Phillips.


You don’t know a ladder has splinters until you slide down it. ~ Bum Phillips.

He may not be in a class all by himself, but it don’t take long to call the roll. ~ Bum Phillips.

I’d rather have preparation than motivation. Everyone likes to play, but no one likes to practice. ~ Bum Phillips.


When it’s first and a mile, I won’t give it to him. ~ Bum Phillips.

Rogers sees daylight. Campbell makes daylight. ~ Bum Phillips.

Popular Bum Phillips Quotes

Hear about the Californian terrorist that tried to blow up a bus? Burned his lips on the exhaust pipe. He can take his’n and beat your’n, then he can take your’n and beat his’n. ~ Bum Phillips.


I always thought I could coach. I just thought people were poor judges of good coaches. ~ Bum Phillips.

The trouble with most coaches is that they start with the assumption that everybody is a turd. And that ain’t right. ~ Bum Phillips.


Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half. ~ Bum Phillips.

Yep. And I noticed how slowly he went down each time, too. ~ Bum Phillips.


If I drop dead tomorrow, at least I’ll know I died in good health. ~ Bum Phillips.

I done drew the line. Just like the Alamo. You’re either on one side of the line or the other. I don’t want to ever leave Texas again. ~ Bum Phillips.

Inspirational Bum Phillips Quotes

I know why we lost the Civil War. We must have had the same officials. ~ Bum Phillips.

You fail all the time, but you aren’t a failure until you start blaming someone else. ~ Bum Phillips.

Nothing. And, I don’t start before noon. ~ Bum Phillips.


Mama always said that if it can’t rain on you, you’re indoors. ~ Bum Phillips.

The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline. ~ Bum Phillips.


Loyalty, up and down the line. That’s one quality an organization must have to be successful. ~ Bum Phillips.

Yeah, that test says he’s dumb as a fence post, but when he hits he looks like Einstein to me. ~ Bum Phillips.

So these were the 32 top quotes about Bum Phillips.

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