According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the Raiders are worth keeping an eye on as a potential landing spot for Broncos DC Wade Phillips.
On Thursday, Alex Marvez of the Sporting News reported that Phillips is unlikely to return as the team’s defensive coordinator next year. Separate reports have said that Dolphins DC
Separate reports have said that Dolphins DC Vance Joseph is the top candidate for the Broncos’ head-coaching job, which means it’s likely he would want to bring in his own staff to run the defense, as opposed to keeping Phillips around.
Even so, Phillips would be a popular defensive coordinator option, given his success with the Broncos. Just in the past week, Phillips has been linked to the Redskins and Browns, but both teams appear to be focused on other candidates as of now.
In regards to the Raiders, their defense hasn’t lived up to expectations, considering the talent that they have on that side of the ball. Phillips could be a great addition to get that unit turned around and maximizing their defensive players.
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.
We’ll have more regarding Phillips and where he could land as the news is available.