Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will not return to Los Angeles in 2020. Reports indicate he has been let go by the organization.
ESPN’s Linsdey Thiry broke the news on Monday afternoon.
Filed to ESPN: Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will not return to the Rams next seasons, per sources.
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) January 6, 2020
Phillips has been an NFL coach since 1976, when he served as the defensive line coach with the Houston Oilers. He has been a head coach with three teams, and served as an interim head coach twice.
Despite his lengthy career, he only has one Super Bowl championship. This came in 2016 when he and the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50. Phillips was the defensive coordinator for the league-best defense that year.
After being let go from Denver following a changing of the guard at head coach, the Rams hired Phillips in 2017. The Rams reached the Super Bowl during his second year as the defensive coordinator in Los Angeles.
Despite having a lot of talent, the Rams underperformed on defense and missed the playoffs. This came only a year after being in the Super Bowl.
His replacement is as of yet unknown. The Rams will feature a re-tooled defense in 2020 as they try and return to the postseason.
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