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McVay names Wade Phillips defensive coordinator

On January 12, 2017 at 9:53 pm EST

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Los Angeles Rams have a 30-year-old head coach. Now they have a veteran assistant coach, as Sean McVay has just hired Wade Phillips to be his new defensive coordinator, according to ESPN‘s Adam Schefter.

Phillips was reportedly going to interview for the Washington Redskins defensive coordinator job. We do not know if he did prior to this new.

Wade Phillips (Getty Images)

Wade Phillips (Getty Images)

This is a huge get for the Rams as he was considered one of two best defensive coordinators on the market. Gus Bradley is the other and may now become the Redskins defensive coordinator.

Phillips has coached the past two seasons under Gary Kubiak. The Denver Broncos have been a top defense during that time.

Phillips worked with Kubiak dating back to the 2011 season. He was the Houston Texans interim head coach in 2013 after Kubiak was fired.

He was the Texans defensive coordinator 2011 to 2013. The 69-year-old also helped the Broncos to the Super Bowl 50 win at the end of the 2015 season over the Carolina Panthers.

He was also named the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year.

He was the Dallas Cowboys head coach from 2007 to 2010. Phillips was also the San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator from 2004 to 2006.

He was the Atlanta Falcons interim head coach in 2003. He was their defensive coordinator from 2002 to 2003.

Phillips was the Buffalo Bills head coach from 1998 to 2000. He was their defensive coordinator from 1995 to 1997.

He also served as the Broncos head coach in 1993 to 1994. He was the Broncos defensive coordinator from 1989 to 1992.

He was the Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator from 1986 to 1998.

In 1985, he was the New Orleans Saints interim head coach. He also was their defensive coordinator from 1981 to 1985.

He was the Houston Oilers defensive line coach from 1976 to 1980.

Phillips was the Kansas Jayhawks defensive line coach in 1975. He was the Oklahoma State Cowboys linebackers coach in 1973 and 1974.

He was the Lutcher Stark High School (now West Orange-Stark High School) Mustangs defensive coordinator from 1970 to 1972.

Phillips began his coaching career as a graduate assistant. In 1969, he was a GA with the Houston Cougars.

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