Family connection helped Rams lure Wade Phillips from Denver

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New Broncos coach Vance Joseph hoped to retain defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. New Rams coach Sean McVay lured Phillips to Los Angeles.

So how did McVay pull it off? He explained the coordinator coup during a visit to Friday’s PFT Live.

“The one unfortunate part of this business is you don’t get a chance to see your family as much as you’d like, and he has a daughter that lives out in the L.A. area,” McVay said regarding Phillips. “Then being fortunate enough to work with Wes, his son, the last couple years in Washington. We’ve developed a really close relationship; I consider him one of my closest friends in this profession and really just in life in general. [I’ve] gotten to know Wade a little bit better through that, and I’ve always admired his career from afar. I think his resume speaks for itself, so just those different connections . . . and it doesn’t hurt when you’ve got some pretty good players that you’ll get a chance to come in and coach right away.”

The Rams definitely have some good defensive players. It may not yet be as potent as the Broncos defense, but it’s good enough to help the team turn things around — especially if McVay can fix an offense that currently has a lot more in common with the Greatest Show on Earth than the Greatest Show on Turf.

16 responses to “Family connection helped Rams lure Wade Phillips from Denver

  1. Wade did not sign a new contract because he wanted a couple of million more than Elway was willing to pay.
    Also, Elway allowed his new head coach to pick his own DC but within the salary budget.
    If Wade would have signed within the budget, he’d have been retained, but he was offered more and so he went.

  2. “lured” away???? I thought Joseph did not want him??
    All I can say is the Broncos will rue the day they did not do ALL they could do to keep Uncle Wade!!! It seems like he got out while he thought the getting was good, as did JoeD.
    When you have 2 good coaches, immediately leaving for other teams for a lateral position, it sure looks like a “dysfunctional” team…..

  3. blackstrat says:
    Jan 21, 2017 1:51 PM
    Wade did not sign a new contract because he wanted a couple of million more than Elway was willing to pay.
    Also, Elway allowed his new head coach to pick his own DC but within the salary budget.
    If Wade would have signed within the budget, he’d have been retained, but he was offered more and so he went.
    ———————————-
    And the fact that Elway would not consider even interviewing for HC either of the two guys on his staff who had previous HC experience probably didn’t help. And if he really was allowing Vance all the staff budget and to decide what pay to offer Wade that was within said budget, it was effectively a combined kick and face-palm out of the door by Elway towards Wade.

  4. As a long time Bronco fan that saw Wade’s first go around with the Broncos in the late 80’s and 90’s, Elway was smart to let him go. Wade does a great job in year one, but his defenses slip over time. This has been a career long problem for Wade. Factor that in with the fact that the Broncos had identified Joe Woods as an outstanding young coach, the Broncos D will stay an elite unit.

  5. Elway sets the budget. Not a head coach, you misunderstood.
    Wade did not want to leave but he did want head coach pay, He may have gotten it in LA. Good for him.
    Elway does not overpay. Never has, never will.

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