Wade Phillips: They say I’m old, but it doesn’t get old to me

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Wade Phillips has seen a lot in his more than 40 years coaching in the NFL. Phillips, 70, has coached in the NFL longer than Sean McVay, 32, has been alive.

Phillips enters his second season with the Rams, the 10th team he has coached for since beginning his career under his father, Bum Phillips, in 1976.

They say I’m old, but it doesn’t get old to me,” Phillips told Myles Simmons of the team website. “I’m looking forward to it.”

The Rams went 11-5 in McVay and Phillips’ first season, a seven-game improvement from 2016. But the season ended in disappointment in the postseason.

They added defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and cornerbacks Sam Shields, Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters among others this offseason in what looks like a dominant defense.

“I think we have a great opportunity here,” Phillips said. “We took a big step forward last year. I don’t know if everyone realizes how big of a step it was, but it was a big step forward last year, and we’re looking forward to this year.”

Phillips won his first Super Bowl as defensive coordinator of the Broncos in 2015. He hopes for his second this season with the Rams.

7 responses to “Wade Phillips: They say I’m old, but it doesn’t get old to me

  1. Hey Wade….bills fans don’t care. Because that time you and senile old Ralph Wilson benched Doug Flutie for Robbie Johnson costing the team it’s last playoff win for like 18 years still makes you look like hot garbage and why you’ll never be a HC again.

  2. The Rams road this season is going to be much, much tougher #1 because their schedule is tougher and #2 because the division will be much tougher. Last year they had a cup cake walk in the division as SF was horrible to start the year but will be better this year although they still have holes defensively & while better they are still building up that team. SEA has fallen way off, their defense is going to be bad this year with a weak pass rush, no interior pass rush really, a below avg to avg at best secondary, their O-Line is still horrible among the NFLs worst, their run game depends on a rookie RB if he cant run behind that line it will still be among the NFLs worst though I expect them to have an AVG run game, and SEA lost most of their TD makers losing Jimmy Graham/Paul Richardson n Luke Wilson who accounted for 20TDs. They didnt real sign or bring anyone in to replace those guys except WR Jaron Brown, who isnt good as he’s more a #4 caliber WR I mean AZ released him for a reason while needing WR’s before AZ heavily upgraded at WR this offseason, and SEA brought in a 31 year old TE no ones heard of named Ed Dickson, not exactly big pickups. SEA will be the worst team in the NFC-W this year.
    Arizona was devastated by injuries losing arguably the NFLs best RB in Elite All-Pro David Johnson for the year along with their LT n LG all in week 1. Early on in the year they were without their starting QB playing with their 3rd string, 4 of 5 O-Linemen, No David Johnson, No TJ Logan, a top WR, Excellent top pass rusher DE Markus Golden, Deone Bucannon out most of the year along with Tyvon Branch yet Arizona still had a top 5 defense last year ranking top 5 via DVOA for the 3rd straight year and will easily again this year fielding a much better defense with those guys back healthy. More importantly the offense will be far, far, far better fielding an excellent O-Line with 4 first round picks up front and everyone healthy w/ one of the best OG duos in the NFL in All-Pro Mike Iupati n Top 5 OG Justin Pugh, Arizona will field an elite top 3 rushing offense with a deep loaded RB room with elite All-Pro RB/WR David Johnson healthy who doubles as an Elite #2 caliber WR & the drafting of extremely talented rookie RB/WR Chase Edmonds. Arizona is loaded at WR with a lot of speed at WR with All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald back, the drafting of excellent stud #2 caliber WR Christian Kirk w/ 4.45spd, #3 Big WR 6″3 Brice Butler w/ 4.34spd & 5″11 WR excellent deep threat JJ Nelson with 4.27spd & 2nd year 6″2 WR Chad Williams with 4.37spd is starting this year after taking big steps forward and they have two excellent receiving TE’s. Paired with a top 5 Defense The offense will be vastly, vastly improved, a healthy David Johnson will make a massive difference as the man is a Touchdown machine & Arizona has drastically upgraded their QB room bringing in an Excellent bridge QB in Sam Bradford, who healthy is a top 10 caliber QB but health is his major problem. Behind him AZ was able to draft the most polished NFL ready QB In the draft who was touted & regarded as the best most polished pure passer to come out since Andrew Luck in 6″4 226pd QB Josh Rosen who AZ traded up in RD-1 to draft, he could start week 1 but definitely will play as a rookie. And AZ has a solid long-term #2 back-up QB in Mike Glennon. Their QB room this year is far better. Arizona with the upgrades they’ve made with everyone healthy along with the top 5 defense that team has is a real threat in the NFC-W.

    The NFC-W will be one of the toughest most competitive divisions in the NFL this year as will the NFC as a whole, the NFC is loaded from top to bottom. The NFC-W is going to be the QB Division going forward as well with Arizona’s drafting of Josh Rosen the NFC-W is going to have 4 extremely talented QB’s in Josh Rosen, Russell Wilson, Jimmy G & Jared Goff. The NFC-W is going to be very good for a long time, especially after SEA finish’s it’s rebuild and San Fran builds up their Defense and continues adding more offensive weapons.

  3. He’s one of the all time great defensive coordinators and he’s still got his mojo.

    The Redskins had a chance to hire Wade before he went to Denver, but passed because he was too old. The Redskins still have a bottom 10 defense. The Broncos won a Super Bowl because of their defense. And now the Rams have become a force again.

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