Wade Phillips kind of, sort of guarantees a Super Bowl win

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There’s currently no one like Wade Phillips in the NFL, and that’s a great thing.

Back in Texas on Wednesday night as former Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini entered the Houston Hall of Fame, Phillips met with reporters for a brief on-camera interview.

Near the end of the 75-second clip posted by Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston, the Rams defensive coordinator delivers an impish vow for 2019.

“I might have to say it,” Phillips says. “The first year we knocked on the door. This year we beat on the door. Next year we’re gonna kick the son of a bitch in.”

Laughing at that point, Phillips adds, “Sorry, I had to say it.”

Maybe the Rams will, but they’ve got plenty of work to do. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth may retire. Something isn’t right with Todd Gurley. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and cornerback Aqib Talib may be luxuries the Rams no longer can afford. And quarterback Jared Goff, who has played well but not well enough in big moments, is creeping closer to a massive payday.

UPDATE 7:00 a.m. ET: A reader points out — and I should have realized — that the quote was an homage to Wade’s dad, O.A. “Bum” Phillips.

14 responses to “Wade Phillips kind of, sort of guarantees a Super Bowl win

  1. Yeah, it was fantastic watching two defensive geniuses slug it out – those “boring” comments just come from people who don’t understand the game, millenials used to playing Madden, and especially from the salty mountain of hate who cried themselves to sleep after the Patriots won. I just watched the game again last night and it was more about huge defensive plays stopping drives/scores and not feeble offenses who couldn’t get it going. Yes Goff missed some plays, but don’t you think maybe that was because he was already preoccupied with worrying about all those pass rushers who kept getting to him? Y’all just completely direspecting two great Ds.

  2. 1. Wade did his job on Sunday, but the boy genius didn’t give him much help.
    2. I remember that this quote did not work out too well for his dad, as Bum was focused on the Steelers, and the Browns emerged to win the division the next year prompting Sam Ratigliano to say that Bum knocked on the wrong door.

  3. That is a famous statement by his dad, Bum Phillips, who was the head coach of the Houston Oilers (with Dan Pastorini as QB) after his loss to the Steelers in the AFC championship game. This was during the “Love Ya Blue” era with Earl Campbell.

  4. Wade was the only coach to show up that day. He does what he does best, which is make things tough on Brady (at least until the end). As a Brady fan, this is the one dude I do not want to see on the other side.

  5. Great defensive coach, like his dad, Bum. Maybe he’ll have better luck on that prediction than Bum did. McVay will have to pick up his game to make it happen.

  6. Rams are gonna be contenders in the NFC and NFL in the whole for a long time. wishful thinking by others is not gonna deny them,accountability throughout the coaching and playing staff.no crying over the missed calls or wrongful flags,no desire to pull the wool over the eyes of the entire fanbase by deflecting the blame.

  7. People with big egos say things like this. I would like to see a coach say that he guarantees his team won’t make it to the playoff. As far as this prediction, Belichick showed what is needed to quiet the Rams’s offense. The Saints did it in the season by doubling Donald to defeat their defense. The genie is out of the bottle and the Rams need to address these strategies.

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