Wade Phillips’ departure from Denver was amicable

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A draft analyst looking to pass along some of the scuttlebutt from the Senior Bowl got more than he bargained for on Monday, when Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips decided to fire back on Twitter at a report suggesting that Phillips was responsible for the rift between the Denver offense and defense in 2016.

“Your sources about me and dividing the team are an out and out lie,” Phillips said in response to the report. “I resent [you] saying that — ask any off coach or player.”

The forceful nature of Phillips’ reaction invited further digging. A source with knowledge of the situation said that there’s no truth to the notion that Phillips caused division within the team. He was, and still is, loved by the players.

While the source also said the split between the two sides was amicable, with Phillips wanting to move to L.A., where his daughter lives, there were other factors at play. Defensive backs coach Joe Woods was starting to become a hot name for potential defensive coordinator jobs; the Broncos didn’t want to lose him to another team. (Because Woods was still under contract, the Broncos could have blocked him. They believed the better course was to ensure he got his promotion without leaving.)

Also, money was an issue. Not this year, but a year ago. Phillips, per multiple sources, wanted to be the highest-paid defensive coordinator in the NFL after the Broncos won Super Bowl 50. The Broncos resisted, and Phillips entered his contract year with the intent of becoming a coaching free agent.

He did, and now he’s a member of the Rams. The Broncos in turn kept Woods, and both sides are pleased with the outcome.

11 responses to “Wade Phillips’ departure from Denver was amicable

  1. So basically Elway wouldn’t pay Wade what Wade was probably worth, add to that Elway wouldn’t interview for HC either of the 2 guys on his staff who had HC experience, and it doesn’t sound very amicable. I’m sure his players and assisting staff liked him but that’s not really the issue here. Wade is better off out of that 1-yr dynasty anyway.

  2. I Wanted my Raiders to hire wade phillips but I knew the Raiders had no chance of picking him up even if they wanted to, no way the Raiders would pay top dollar to any coach, I’m sure that’s the reason they let Musgrave walk,he probably wanted a raise and the Raiders decided to go cheap and hire within.

  3. Thanks for everything @sonofbum. You were class all the way and I’m glad you got your well deserved ring with us. Can’t wait to see what you do with that Rams defense.

  4. Did anybody believe this? Wade is just not that type of person. Aqib Talib, however, is capable of such things.

  5. Excellent to see things work out in the positive way they did for Wade. One of the most underrated defensive coordinators to ever coach. Great guy, great coach.

  6. We, in Minnesota, saw Joe Woods first-hand for 7 years. For him to get promoted to DC is almost laughable, considering how bad he is at being a position coach. You will see the Broncos’ defense take a tremendous step backwards next season.

  7. swede700 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 9:56 AM
    We, in Minnesota, saw Joe Woods first-hand for 7 years. For him to get promoted to DC is almost laughable, considering how bad he is at being a position coach. You will see the Broncos’ defense take a tremendous step backwards next season.

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    Thats funny.. I am pretty sure the unit he coached the last two years, the No Fly Zone had a record setting pass defense this last year. #1 ranked….

  8. Anyone have a clue what the Broncos are doing? They bring in a HC who was a below average D coordinator in Miami, and then they let their own superb DC leave.

    And Denver fans think this team will be better next year?

    I think they’re looking at 7-9, 8-8 or so.

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