Alex Marvez of the Sporting News reports that Wade Phillips is unlikely to return as the team’s defensive coordinator next year.
According to Marvez, “if/when” the Broncos hire Dolphins DC Vance Joseph as their next head coach, Denver would promote DBs coach Joe Woods to defensive coordinator.
Indications have been that the Broncos could be preparing to move on from Phillips, despite what has been a very impressive defense the past few years.
Phillips’ contract is up and he’s already being linked to teams like the Redskins as a potential defensive coordinator option and others could be in the mix if the Broncos are, in fact, prepared to move on.
As of now, the coaching candidates linked to the Broncos’ job include Jospeh,special teams coach Dave Toub, Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan and Bills interim HC Anthony Lynn.
Phillips, 69, began his NFL coaching career with the Oilers back in 1976 and has worked for several teams in a number of capacities before joining 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.
We’ll have more regarding Phillips returning the Broncos as the news is available.