Wade Phillips’ football life has included many stops.
Phillips has spent 34 years in the NFL as either a head coach or assistant. In his recently released autobiography “Son of Bum,” he shares inside stories on many of those posts.
Among the tidbits is one about how he was the Denver Broncos‘ second choice to be their defensive coordinator when he was hired in 2015. His defensive unit would go on to lead the Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 triumph and earn Phillips his first championship.
The following is an excerpt from his book, courtesy of Sports Illustrated:
Meanwhile, the Broncos hired Gary Kubiak to replace John Fox as their head coach. They were trying to get Vance Joseph to be their defensive coordinator. He was the secondary coach for the Bengals and he’d had the same job when I was with the Texans. But Mike Brown, the Bengals’ owner, wouldn’t let Vance out of his contract. After that, the Broncos called me, so I was obviously the second choice.
In Phillips’ two seasons in Denver, the Broncos ranked first in defense in 2015 and fourth in 2016. They owned the league’s best pass defense both years.
Phillips was let go by Denver after head coach Gary Kubiak retired at the end of the 2016 season. He has since joined the Los Angeles Rams as their new defensive coordinator.
Vance Joseph, the man whom the Broncos initially desired to be their defensive coordinator in 2015, was brought in as their new head coach this offseason.
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