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Rams Hiring Wade Phillips As Defensive Coordinator

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Rams have agreed to terms with Wade Phillips to become their next defensive coordinator.

  • Tom Pelissero reports that Phillips receives a lucrative three-year contract from the Rams.

Recent reports said that Phillips had an interview lined up with the Redskins, but it looks like the Rams and new HC Sean McVay was able to close the deal.

McVay is the youngest head coach in NFL history, so it makes a lot of sense add a veteran coach with prior head-coaching experience to their staff.

While Phillips had been very successful with the Broncos as their defensive coordinator, there had been talk for weeks now that he was likely to move on and take a new job, especially considering the fact that his contract had expired.

Phillips has employed 3-4 base defenses as a coordinator, so there could be some changes to the Rams’ defensive front next year.

Phillips, 69, began his NFL coaching career with the Oilers back in 1976 and has worked for several teams in a number of capacities. He has served as the head coach of the  Broncos, Bills and Cowboys before returning to the Broncos as their defensive coordinator in 2015.

This season, the Broncos’ defense ranks No. 4 in yards allowed, No. 1 in passing yards allowed, No. 28 in rushing yards allowed and No. 9 in points per game.