Sean McVay: With my inexperience, I’m so fortunate to have Wade Phillips

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Sean McVay was born in 1986, which was Wade Phillips’ sixth year as an NFL defensive coordinator. Now McVay is the Rams’ head coach, and Phillips is the Rams’ defensive coordinator, and McVay said he knows he’s lucky to have Phillips as a resource.

“He’s got so many things he can draw on from all the success he’s had in this league, but it never feels like it’s pushed on you. When you go to him and ask him for advice he’s been so supportive to me,” McVay said. “With the inexperience I do have I feel so fortunate to be around Wade Phillips.”

McVay said he can get uptight sometimes, and it’s helpful to have the easygoing Phillips as his top lieutenant.

“He’s a lot more laid back than I am,” McVay said, “So it’s good to be around someone like that.”

McVay and Phillips might seem like an odd match, given their 38-year age difference. But they’ve been a match made in heaven for the Rams.

41 responses to “Sean McVay: With my inexperience, I’m so fortunate to have Wade Phillips

  1. But will NFL keep under-disciplining Wade’s Dirty D like when he was in Denver to get Peyton his golden walkoff? Folks have quickly forgot Wade’s D got fine after fine that year including 2 in the SB itself. And his teaching Robey to make a “football play” shows he hasn’t changed.

  2. Looks like McVay is being self-effacing, and perhaps trying to lull Belichick into a false sense of security. The latter won’t work, but it never hurts to try.

    The Rams had plenty of problems on defense, they team defense was far less than the sum of the parts, but they solved most of that as the season progressed. They’re a far better team on defense now than they were two months ago. You can say the same about the Patriots defense as well. These are two very well-coached teams.

  3. With all the talent they have, they still haven’t been able to play to the level of the defense that Wade Phillips had with the Broncos.

  4. Sean… be thankful for Vinovich and his officiating crew as well. I mean really, without them…would you really be where you are right now?

  5. There was a recent article about how Belichick would text him after each game this year to congratulate him.

    Will McVay and Belichick text back and forth during the Game to trade insights?

  6. @boisestatewhodat – Nah we’re thankful for Sean Payton and Drew Brees. One of them called pass plays with less than two minutes left, while in field goal range, instead of forcing us to burn timeouts. The other one threw a back-breaking interception in overtime, instead of seeing the pressure and living to play another down. We appreciate their help and wouldn’t be in Atlanta without their combined efforts. 😂

  7. Serious question…

    Is Sean McVay the first DIVA Head Coach?

    Or is he just a coddled little baby.

    I mean the kid has a “sideline spotter” pulling him back from the field like a parent pulling a baby from reaching for a hot tea kettle. Give me a break.

    Now Wade Phillips is the Dick Cheyney to his “W”, lol.

  8. dcnupe3 says:
    January 29, 2019 at 11:56 am
    @boisestatewhodat – Nah we’re thankful for Sean Payton and Drew Brees. One of them called pass plays with less than two minutes left, while in field goal range, instead of forcing us to burn timeouts. The other one threw a back-breaking interception in overtime, instead of seeing the pressure and living to play another down. We appreciate their help and wouldn’t be in Atlanta without their combined efforts. 😂
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    Touche!!…..and truer words were never spoken….you Saints fans need to get on your HC…hes the reason you lost that game…

  9. Count me out. I just wish we could fast forward to Tuesday and stop talking about the least appealing Superbowl in recent history. Rams? Who cares!! Patriots? Boring!!

  10. Wade wanted to come coach in D.C. and Snyder and Allen didn’t want him…probably just ageism.

    Part of being smart is realizing what you don’t know. McVay seems to understand this and made a great hire.

  11. zonkerharris213 says:
    January 29, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Looks like McVay is being self-effacing, and perhaps trying to lull Belichick into a false sense of security. The latter won’t work, but it never hurts to try.
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    When did people start looking for ulterior motives in every comment someone makes?

  12. “Count me out. I just wish we could fast forward to Tuesday and stop talking about the least appealing Superbowl in recent history. Rams? Who cares!! Patriots? Boring!!”

    Yet here you are posting on Super Bowl threads. There’s an easy solution. Stick to reading articles about your team that’s already been eliminated, and don’t watch on Sunday. There are tons of other ways you could spend your time.

  13. “Beware the safety blitz, Young Grasshopper, for it shall come from the left. Your quarterback should be like the waterbug, skipping nimbly across the pond, faster than the fish that would eat it….”.

  14. Wade will be overlooked for how good he was/is because it didn’t work as a HC. I’ll root for him almost anywhere he goes. Not surprised he is more of an asset to the Rams then being a DC.

    As to the McVay the diva question….
    Diva’s don’t usually hand out praise like this and this isn’t McVay’s first time taking time to specifically point out the importance of others to his success.
    Diva’s also tend to not visually display their faults and appointing a guy to help control his sideline movements to prevent them having a negative impact on the team does just that.

    He’s not the first coach to have another coach in this role.

  15. Those saying they are boycotting the Super Bowl are hilarious!

    Not only will they watch the game, they will watch all 5 hours of pre-game coverage in the hopes there will be mentions of their team getting “robbed”.

    😢😂

  16. superfanentertainment says:
    January 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Serious question…

    Is Sean McVay the first DIVA Head Coach?

    Or is he just a coddled little baby.
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    The Harbaugh brothers are divas, and neither were the first. In what way do you think he has been coddled?

  17. In one of the biggest boneheaded decisions in the annals of the NFL Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden passed over Wade Phillips as the Skins defensive coordinator, electing to sign instead Joe Barry who had previously presided over the worst defense — literally — in the entire history of the NFL. Since then, Wade made two Super Bowl appearances; Barry was fired the following season; and Bruce Allen wakes up every morning to #firebruceallen. In fact, while I am here — #firebruceallen.

  18. “Yet here you are posting on Super Bowl threads. There’s an easy solution. Stick to reading articles about your team that’s already been eliminated, and don’t watch on Sunday. There are tons of other ways you could spend your time.”

    This is the typical response you get when pointing out to a Ram/Patriot fan, that they are featured in a Superbowl that no one cares to watch outside of Boston or L.A. area. Calm down, they will still write about your game. lol

  19. superfanentertainment says:
    January 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm
    Serious question…
    Is Sean McVay the first DIVA Head Coach?
    Or is he just a coddled little baby.
    I mean the kid has a “sideline spotter” pulling him back from the field like a parent….
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    Teams have had these “get back guys” for years, in both college and the NFL. Look it up.

  20. freefromwhatyouare says:
    January 29, 2019 at 12:07 pm
    McVay/Phillips
    LaFleur/Pettine
    Blueprints for success.
    ==================================================================================================
    What have LaFleur/Pettine done?

  21. boisestatewhodat says:
    January 29, 2019 at 11:44 am
    Sean… be thankful for Vinovich and his officiating crew as well. I mean really, without them…would you really be where you are right now

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Here is a lady that will never get over the loss. Saint fans deserve the last two playoff losses. 2009 bogus Super Bowl

  22. MvVay and Phillips is what I was hoping Chicago could pull off in Chicago for more than one year with Nagy and Fangio. Unfortunately, Elway hired a guy who will be fired within three years. Unfortunately Fangio left for Denver, where he will be fired within three years. You blew it VIC!!!

    Just being real!

    Bear Down

  23. streetyson says:
    January 29, 2019 at 11:31 am
    But will NFL keep under-disciplining Wade’s Dirty D like when he was in Denver to get Peyton his golden walkoff? Folks have quickly forgot Wade’s D got fine after fine that year including 2 in the SB itself. And his teaching Robey to make a “football play” shows he hasn’t changed.
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    Spoken like a true Patriots homer. Julien Edelman sure has paid some fines for illegal hits…..

  24. So was Wade responsible for teaching or instructing his DB to wipe out a receiver with a helmet to helmet, possibly unnecessary roughness hit on a defenseless receiver? Curious minds want to know. It started with a helmet to helmet hit early causing a concussion to a Saint’s TE, with no penalty on the play.

    If the Rams had any class or integrity they would have forfeited the game, since the victory is so tainted with mendacity, a disgrace to the league and a sham being dumped upon the loyal fans.

    Please, Mr. Florio. You wrote some great articles about this after the game, don’t let it be forgotten. The NFL cannot stoop so low to have pro wrestling quality refs!

  25. Its telling that, during super bowl week, an article is written about the Rams coach and it nets 35 comments. Now that’s a fan base for ya folks. Honestly, I can’t wait to see how many Rams fans show up in Atlanta. I’ve got a paycheck on it that its less than 2000.

  26. Atlantic City refunded bets.

    Vinovich heckled in UTAH.

    What do both of these facts tell you?

  27. What do both of these facts tell you? ..boisestatewhodat

    The ONLY FACT that matters is that your Saints are watching and the Rams are playing on Sunday….FACT CHECK THAT…. WHODAT RAMS DAT WHO..!

  28. No one choked. The game ended artificially…that’s why the Rams advanced. No hard feelings…it is what it is. This super bowl will forever be mired in controversy. That’s all.

  29. Diggityofficial says:
    January 29, 2019 at 12:19 pm
    Count me out. I just wish we could fast forward to Tuesday and stop talking about the least appealing Superbowl in recent history. Rams? Who cares!! Patriots? Boring!!

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    Boring? Did you even watch the last two SBs? First the Patriots came back in OT from being down 28-3 and then last year offensive slug fest? Boring? I don’t think so….

  30. superpatriotsfan says:
    January 29, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Spoken like a true Patriots homer. Julien Edelman sure has paid some fines for illegal hits…..
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    Among other things.

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