Browns Have Discussed Possibly Hiring Wade Phillips As Defensive Coordinator

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that former Rams DC Wade Phillips is on the Browns’ radar as a potential defensive coordinator under new HC Kevin Stefanski

Cabot says Stefanski is expected to interview a number of candidates for the job including current DC Steve Wilks. Vikings DC George Edwards is also on the Browns’ radar, according to Cabot.

Phillips has employed a 3-4 base defense, so there are questions about how whether he would be the best scheme for their current personnel.

Phillips, 72, 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.

Phillips joined the Rams for the 2017 and has spent the past three seasons as their defensive coordinator. 

This season, the Rams’ defense ranked No. 15 in total points allowed, No. 24 in rushing yards allowed, No. 6 in passing yards allowed and No. 12 in total yards allowed.

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