Wade Phillips

Wade Phillips

Super Bowl Champion Coach

Wade Phillips is a former NFL Head Coach of the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys who is considered one of the best defensive minds in NFL history.

A Super Bowl winner with the Broncos, for whom he was defensive coordinator twice, he also was DC with the Saints, Eagles, Bills, Falcons, Chargers, Texans, and, most recently with the Rams from 2017-2019. Phillips was voted AP NFL Assistant Coach of the Year in 2015 with Denver. And with the Rams, Phillips’ unit held Tom Brady and the Patriots to 13 points in Super Bowl LIII, but ended up falling short on the scoreboard. 

Counting his stints as an interim head coach in New Orleans, Atlanta and Houston, Phillips was in charge of more teams (6) than anyone in NFL history. He finished his career with a .562 win percentage.

Phillips has helped several players win Defensive Player of the Year in his system, including Reggie White, Bryce Paup, Bruce Smith, J.J. Watt, and Aaron Donald. He has been hired as Head Coach for the upcoming XFL relaunch.

One of Phillips’ first coaching jobs was as linebackers coach for Oklahoma State University, under his father, Bum Phillips, who was the defensive coordinator. Wade Phillips got his professional coaching career started with the Houston Oilers, once again working under his father, by then a head coach. 

Phillips played linebacker at the University of Houston, and graduated with the school record for career tackles. He credits his knowledge of football to his father,  and still pays homage to him with his Twitter handle: @sonofbum 

Wade Phillips went to Port Neches-Groves High School, where he played football and met his wife Laurie, who was the head cheerleader. 


Coach’s Room: Impact of Kenny Pickett’s Debut on Steelers

One of Week 4’s biggest stories was the Pittsburgh Steelers turning to Kenny Pickett at quarterback. As the Steelers prepare to stay with their rookie, starting this week against the Buffalo Bills, Eric Mangini, Marty Mornhinweg, Wade Phillips and Charles Davis discuss Pickett’s performance in his NFL regular-season debut, and whether he should keep the […]


How Do Cowboys Respond After Losing Dak Prescott?

The loss of Dak Prescott in Week 1 is a crushing blow to the Dallas Cowboys early in the 2022 season. Charles Davis leads a conversation with former NFL head coaches Chuck Pagano and Wade Phillips about how Dallas should handle losing its star quarterback so early in the season, and what the Cowboys can […]


Constructive Criticism Is the Correct Way to Motivate Players

Editor’s Note: Following Aaron Rodgers’ recent comments on the development of the Packers’ young wide receivers, Wade Phillips gives his thoughts on the “constructive criticism.” Constructive Criticism You have to motivate in a positive manner. It has to come from someone that the players respect. The person that’s telling them things has to know what […]


Dameon Pierce Looks Like an Outstanding Running Back

Wade Phillips discusses how Texans’ running back Dameon Pierce can make a big difference to the success of their offense this season. Pierce has been the talk of the Texans’ training camp, and performed well in their first preseason game. Houston ranked last in rushing last season, and Pierce’s performance has to be encouraging for […]


Aaron Donald is a Lock for Hall of Fame

Wade Phillips has coached in the NFL for almost five decades and has seen his share of great players come and go. In the video above, the longtime NFL defensive coordinator and head coach breaks down why he believes Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald is a shoe-in to be enshrined in Canton one […]


Wade Phillips: Might Be Time to ‘Embarrass’ Dallas Cowboys’ Penalty-Makers

In their first preseason game on Saturday, the Dallas Cowboys committed 17 penalties, costing them 129 yards. It was a carryover from Dallas’ Wildcard loss to the San Francisco 49ers last January and should be concerning for coach Mike McCarthy and the NFL’s most-penalized team in the 2021 regular season. Mike McCarthy’s reaction to the […]


Starting QBs Shouldn’t Play in Preseason Openers

The 33rd Team asked longtime NFL Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips to comment on New York Jets’ QB Zach Wilson’s injury. Here was coach’s response: Having your starting QB play in the first preseason game is not smart. Fewer preseason games now makes a little bit of difference. When we had four games, […]

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