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NFL Notes: Wade Phillips, Colts, Patriots, Rams, Redskins

Wade Phillips

A report surfaced Monday that one of the reasons for Wade Phillips leaving the Broncos was that he created a divide within the team.

However, Phillips confronted the reporter on Twitter and called the notion “an out and out lie.”

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reports that there’s no truth to the idea that Phillips caused division within the team.

Florio’s source added that the split between the Broncos and Phillips was amicable and he wanted to move to L.A. to be closer to his daughter. Another consideration for the move was the fact that DBs coach Joe Woods becoming a hot name for potential defensive coordinator jobs.

Colts

  • Alex Marvez reports that the Colts will interview Vikings executive George Paton either Wednesday or Thursday for their GM vacancy.

Patriots

  • Joel Corry believes the new four-year, $50 million contract signed by Browns LB Jamie Collins should serve as a floor for Patriots free agent LB Dont’a Hightower.

Rams

  • Tom Pelissero reports that Aaron Kromer is in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bown with the Rams’ contingent. According to Pelissero, Kromer is going to be their offensive line coach.

Redskins

New Redskins DC Greg Manusky mentioned during an interview with ESPN 980 that they will stick with their 3-4 base defense.

Manusky added that they plan to invest in the defense this offseason and target some outside linebackers.

We’re looking for guys to set an edge and make sure the inside linebackers know the edge is set and the inside guys can go strike iron downhill and, like I say, crack some skulls,” Manusky said, via ESPN.com.