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  • Wade Phillips thanks Rams for last 3 years,

    Wade Phillips thanks Rams for last 3 years, says he still wants to coach

    By: Cameron DaSilva | 41 minutes ago

    Wade Phillips is out in Los Angeles after the Rams decided not to extend his contract, which expired after the 2019 season. It’s a big move for Sean McVay and the front office, now needing to find a replacement for Phillips at defensive coordinator.

    Phillips spent the last three years with the Rams and helped them reach the Super Bowl after the 2018 season, but Los Angeles never ranked inside the top 10 defensively. It’s hard to blame Phillips for the team’s shortcomings this season, though.

    At 72 years old, some believed Phillips might retire from coaching and move on to the next chapter of his life, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. He confirmed the news of his departure from the Rams on Twitter Monday, adding that he still believes he can contribute and coach in the NFL.

    Phillips is still one of the better defensive minds in football, frequently helping turn around teams everywhere he went. He’s been a coach in the NFL since 1976 when he was the linebackers coach for the Houston Oilers and has been a defensive coordinator or head coach since 1981.

    Keeping the Rams Nation Talking

  • #2
    Well, at least the end is under good[?] terms.

    Thank you Coach Phillips for your help on D, especially during 2018.


    • #3
      Thanks Wade. Best of luck going forward.


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        “I’m sorry that your leg is messed up,” Phillips told Rodney Flores, after hearing the young man tell the court that he was unable to pursue his dream of playing high school sports as a result of being hit when he was 16.

        “I’m sorry you have to come in here like this,” Phillips said, adding that he “wanted the chance to say I didn’t mean to hurt people.”

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        Phillips contended he was coerced into pleading guilty to domestic abuse and making a criminal threat, resulting in a brief prison term and three years of probation.

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