ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that new Rams HC Sean McVay has been hoping to bring in Broncos DC Wade Phillips to run his defense. Schefter considers Phillips to be a “prime candidate” to eventually end up in Los Angeles with McVay.
Previous reports have made this connection, so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
The expectation has been that Broncos new HC Vance Joseph will look to someone else to run the team’s defense.
Phillips’ contract with the Broncos has expired making him one of the best available defensive coordinator options. Although, Phillips employs a 3-4 base defense, which could mean the Rams may end up making some changes to their defensive front next year if he’s hired in the coming weeks.
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 the Rams as the news is available.