Report: Wes Phillips plans to stay with Vikings after Chargers interview request

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The Chargers are looking for a new offensive coordinator, but it doesn’t look like it will be Wes Phillips.

Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports that the Chargers requested an interview with the Vikings offensive coordinator after firing Joe Lombardi earlier this week. Fowler reports that Phillips plans to remain with the Vikings rather than vie for a spot on Brandon Staley’s staff in Los Angeles.

Phillips moved to the Vikings from the Rams with Kevin O’Connell when O’Connell was hired as the head coach in Minnesota last year. He spent three years with the Rams and worked in Washington and Dallas before making the move to Los Angeles.

Staley said earlier this week that he thinks the Chargers offensive coordinator opening is “one of the top jobs in the league,” but Phillips’ call suggests that not everyone thinks it will be a sure bet for success.

10 responses to “Report: Wes Phillips plans to stay with Vikings after Chargers interview request

  1. You can have Ed Donatell. He is an offensive genius, all the offenses that play against him do amazing.

  2. Staley is on the hot seat, why would anyone leave a stable situation to join a regime that may be canned in a year?

  3. “purpleguy says:
    January 19, 2023 at 11:54 am
    Staley is on the hot seat, why would anyone leave a stable situation to join a regime that may be canned in a year?”

    The only thing I can think is if he were going to be the playcaller. Playcaller on a good offense gives a good chance for a HC job.

  4. cheeseisfattening says:
    January 19, 2023 at 11:38 am

    staying with jefferson is the smart move

    Ya, that worked out so well in the playoffs.

  5. You can have Ed Donatell. He is an offensive genius, all the offenses that play against him do amazing.
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    Like who looks at the early 2000’s Packer defenses and says “I want that”? Terrible hire.

  6. purpleguy said:
    January 19, 2023 at 11:54 am
    Staley is on the hot seat, why would anyone leave a stable situation to join a regime that may be canned in a year?

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    Charger ownership is on the hotseat. If they stick with Staley and Denver signs Payton, the Chargers are done. I don’t care how much talent the Chargers have, that talent can’t overcome poor coaching. They will be at best third in their division for the next decade.

    I still think there is an outside chance that Staley gets the boot, but that would mean that the Chargers would be looking at their long-term interests which is something that ownership never seems to do.

    The Chargers will be able to fill their vacant coaching staff positions, but they will most likely be filled by coaches that don’t have better options.

  7. Eventually, Phillips will want to go someplace where he can call the plays. Both he and O’Connell are still learning on that front. I’d love to know if Phillips was on board with that Jefferson pass to Cousins on third and one in the first quarter. There were some great play calls this year but also a few head scratchers.

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