After a year in NFL exile, former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips could be in back on the sidelines soon.
As newly-hired Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak continues filling out his coaching staff and one name that has come up is former head coach Wade Phillips.
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According to NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport, the Broncos are getting ready to interview Phillips, who was out of the NFL in 2014 after being fired by the Houston Texans at the end of the 2013 season.
Phillips has a lot of coaching experience, serving on no fewer than 17 top 10 defenses in his 30-plus years of coaching. He has had head coaching stints with the Broncos before as well as the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys, and interim stints with the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans.
Kubiak and Phillips have worked together several times in the past. Phillips was the Broncos defensive coordinator while Kubiak was John Elway’s backup QB for the Broncos from 1989 to 1991. They worked together again with the Houston Texans from 2011 to 2013, taking the Texans to their first ever playoff appearances. But the team went 2-14 in 2013 and both Kubiak and Phillips were fired.
Clearly there are no hard feelings between Kubiak and Phillips if the former is so willing to bring back his former defensive coordinator.
However, Rapoport also hypothesized that Phillips may just be an interim coach as they pursue Cincinnati Bengals DBs coach Vance Joseph, who the Bengals have been hesitant to release from his current contract.
The theory is that Phillips could be given the job for a year, and then when Joseph’s contract expires, the Broncos will hire and hand him the reins.