Wade Phillips to Rams as defensive coordinator

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The Rams will be balancing out the league’s youngest head coach with a very experienced defensive coordinator.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Wade Phillips will be running the defense for Sean McVay in Los Angeles. There was a report that Phillips was McVay’s preferred choice as defensive coordinator before McVay was hired by the Rams.

Phillips ran the defense in Denver for the last two years and won the first Super Bowl of his long career thanks to an overwhelming effort by his unit.

In addition to his long list of defensive coordinator stints, Phillips has been a head coach on six occasions with one of them — an interim tour with the Saints in 1985 — coming before McVay was even born. That knowledge of the NFL would help any head coach, but Phillips should be particularly beneficial to a young one who comes from an offensive background.

McVay worked with Phillips’ son Wes with the Redskins. The younger Phillips is that team’s tight ends coach and the team was interested in interviewing his father, but will now have to look elsewhere to replace Joe Barry.

44 responses to “Wade Phillips to Rams as defensive coordinator

  1. Yo, I’ll bet Kroenke backed up the money truck now that he’s got to “win hearts and minds” in la la land. Got hisself a hired gun. It will be nice to see another team in the NFC West join the tag team match of defensive bullies.

    Rams also landed an experienced hand for their young buck to hold onto while he discovers, blow by blow, that “NFL head coach” is a 24/7, “no easy day” job.

    All good fortune to them. I hope they make the Rams a competitive team, some lemon to wash away the fish smell.

  2. That’s just awesome! So now there’s plenty of experience. I think the Rams have hit back to back home runs.

  3. What a scared old man. Instead of dominating the NFC East with talented players in DC he elects to go to Cupcake land in the NFC West and he will still lose. LA Rams are going to be a 1-15/2-14 type team with the spoiled milenial at HC.

  4. No real interest in the Rams, but this seems like a great hire. Wade is a great DC. And he inherits an already good D. The Rams can’t get any worse in my opinion. Look forward to watching.

  5. Bad move. Phillips is really good but the rams best defensive players are all pretty strictly 4-3 guys. Imo it’s a waste to play Donald at an end position when he may be the best 4-3 I have seen in the last 15 years, at least since Sapp was kicking my Eagles ass. To me, this is the mark of a very desperate franchise. This won’t go well.

  6. Elway should have made Phillips HC instead of saying he was looking outside and not even interviewing the 2 guys on his staff with HC experience. Or maybe Phillips saw the Denver post-1yr dynasty wasteland and poisoned chalice of staying there in ANY capacity and decided he’d rather be on an improving team.

  7. This just seems shady. Going to a team with zero offense. Apparently the NFL is desperate to get a fan base in LA for whatever reason as well moving two teams there in two seasons.

  8. Wow. Good move for the Rams. They have the pieces so this guy can turn them into a dominant d. Not happy as a Hawks fan. Will be interesting to see if the young coach can turn the offense around.

  9. Wow, Raiders really crapped the bed on this one. You know Captain Jack said NO! GOO REGGIE GO, YOU SO FINE. TAKE US ALL, BACK IN TIME! YEAHHH REGGIE!

  10. Great hire provided Wade keeps them as a 4-3 defense. They are ill suited especially at the LB spot for a 3-4 IMO.

  11. We all know what a great DC Phillips is but I agree that it’s a poor fit with the Rams defensive personnel. They played good defense last year. They should’ve looked for a solid coach with a 4-3 background. It will be interesting to see if it works regardless. Phillips is a great DC and the new, young HC will benefit from his vast experience in the league.

  12. gogreenbiotch says:

    Bad move. Phillips is really good but the rams best defensive players are all pretty strictly 4-3 guys. Imo it’s a waste to play Donald at an end position when he may be the best 4-3 I have seen in the last 15 years, at least since Sapp was kicking my Eagles ass. To me, this is the mark of a very desperate franchise. This won’t go well.

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    Yeah, because JJ Watt really struggled playing DE in his 3-4. Phillips is a hell of a coach. Donald will be used creatively and will have every chance to succeed.

  13. I guess Uncle Wade thought he’d better get out, while the getting was good? Rams D will be great!!! The Broncos have been my 2nd favorite team, esp. while the GOAT Manning was there, along with DWare, JoeD, and Uncle Wade. Now DWare is the only one left.

    How do Bronco’s fans feel about all the changes?? Just from what I’ve read, many seemed to not be very happy about the new HC hire? Uncle Wade and JoeD both took lateral positions…..

  14. logicalvoicesays says:
    Jan 12, 2017 10:18 PM
    What a scared old man. Instead of dominating the NFC East with talented players in DC he elects to go to Cupcake land in the NFC West and he will still lose. LA Rams are going to be a 1-15/2-14 type team with the spoiled milenial at HC.

    If you had any sense (it’s obvious you don’t) you’d be scared because we all get old or not. Wade is a fine person and you’d do well to change your cynical ways, emulate that Texas gentleman and adopt some of his kindness. Btw, your precious redskins aren’t dominating the East or anything else because you have Kirk. Good luck with that. Go Cowboys

  15. I hope Gurley likes only 6 carries a gane lol now maybe the Skins can find an offensive cord that understands the concept of a running game and can score in the red zone.

  16. Still mind blown Oakland kept Norton instead of pursuing Phillips. Oh well, not my team anyway______________

    There is no way Del Rio would have hired Phillips as to do so would have been putting the Raider’s next HC on the payroll.

  17. A D coach like Phillips has seen it all. He can coach any scheme. Dont get your panties in a knot. Give him a chance. Good hire for your team.

  18. logicalvoicesays says:
    Jan 12, 2017 10:18 PM

    What a scared old man. Instead of dominating the NFC East with talented players in DC he elects to go to Cupcake land in the NFC West and he will still lose. LA Rams are going to be a 1-15/2-14 type team with the spoiled milenial at HC.
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    So how come all those “talented players” ended up ranked 28th in total defense while the Rams ranked 9th? And while we’re at it, what happened to those 5 straight Super Bowls that the Skins were going to win because they had RG3?

  19. If Phillips goes to a 3-4 this will not go well. The Rams do not have a nose tackle and only one end (Donald). Quinn is dealing with back & concussion issues and Hayes is just a guy. They only have one true linebacker (Ogletree) and with no 1st & 3rd draft picks it is going to take two years to get up to speed. Continued losing is not going to sell tickets for Kroenke’s new stadium and this new hire will not see the end of the contract.

  20. Lets see how the Broncos and Rams do next year.
    At least 1 less win for Denver and 1 more for the Rams, due to all the coaching changes.

  21. @go green blotch Wade took what was very nearly the worst defense in the league, running a 4-3, and switched to a 3-4. He got the players to open up to the possibilities, and they jumped to #2 overall.

    Barring catastrophic injury, the Rams D will be better than it has been since the days of Deacon and Merlin.

  22. If you understand Wade Phillips defense you would know that he schemes and plays to his players strengths. He is also not limited to one scheme and while yes he mainly plays a 3-4 defense but it’s not your typical 3-4 base defense

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