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. 

Play Breakdowns

Wade Phillips Breaks Down the Rams’ Super Bowl Winning Drive

  Longtime NFL Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips goes to the film to break down the Rams’ Super Bowl Winning Drive. It was a historic 15-play drive that clinched the Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl LVI.  Phillips points out that the Rams’ opponents, the Cincinnati Bengals, were solid against the run all night. […]


Wade Phillips: Inside An NFL Coaching Interview

Wade Phillips sat down with The 33rd Team and talked through his history interviewing with different organizations and for HC and DC positions. He had some very interesting takeaways not only just touching on the differences between the interviews between the different organizations/positions but also the stories that have led him to being the incredibly […]


Wade Phillips: I’ve Still Got Plenty to Offer

Recently on Twitter, veteran NFL coach Wade Phillips has mused about starting his own podcast, but what he’d really like to do is get back into coaching. If there were any doubts, he made that perfectly clear in a Tweet on Jan. 15:   Phillips has been an NFL coach since 1976, and the 2020 […]

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