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  • Denver D out of the Woods after losing Wade

    Denver D out of the Woods after losing Wade

    ENGLEWOOD—Wade Phillips is gone for a myriad of reasons, the most important of which is the Denver Broncos wanted Joe Woods to replace him.

    Author: Mike Klis
    Published: 10:53 AM MST February 10, 2017
    Updated: 10:53 AM MST February 10, 2017

    ENGLEWOOD—Wade Phillips is gone for a myriad of reasons, the most important of which is the Denver Broncos wanted Joe Woods to replace him.

    It was never put quite like this, of course.

    The Broncos have said they needed to promote Woods from defensive backs coach to defensive coordinator or else lose him to other teams who were expressing interest in him as coordinator.

    Not said is the Broncos could have blocked other teams from hiring away Woods because he was under contract through the 2017 season. The Broncos knew this because they were rebuffed by the Cincinnati Bengals while offering a similar promotion to Vance Joseph in 2015.

    Joseph is now the Broncos’ head coach and at his press conference Tuesday to introduce his new coordinators, he and Woods each indicated Phillips left because he was a free agent who chose to become the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams.

    They were being nice. Phillips didn’t take the Rams’ job until he learned the Broncos weren’t bringing him back. Here are the events that led to Phillips departure: After his defensive unit was largely responsible for the Broncos winning Super Bowl 50, he asked general manager John Elway for a pay raise and an extension.

    Elway gave most of the Broncos’ assistant coaches extensions and raises after their Super Bowl victory, but Phillips was asking to become the league’s highest-paid defensive coordinator by a substantial margin. It was Phillips’ right. The Broncos’ defense was the best in the league.

    But it was also Elway’s right to balk. According to multiple sources, Elway gave Phillips an either-or option: An extension or raise, but not both. Phillips took the raise. Once the 2016 season ended and Phillips’ contract was set to expire, the Broncos quickly moved to the Joseph-Woods duo to replace him.

    Joseph had been a defensive player or coach the previous 21 years at the college and NFL level, including defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins in 2016. He knew enough about Woods to not only promote him, but entrust him with the Broncos’ defensive play calling in 2017.

    “It was Joe’s time,’’ Joseph said.

    “He’s involved in the defense,’’ Woods said of Joseph. “He sits in all the meetings. He lets me run the meetings, he doesn’t say much but I know there’s things where he has done it as a defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator that he wants to implement here.’’

    It may be a stretch to say Woods is replacing a coaching legend. But Wade Phillips was, and is, really good. The first time the Broncos give up 30 points in a game, the team’s decision to part with Phillips will be second-guessed – even though it happened four times in the last two years, three times in 2016.

    Understand Woods’ secondary was the NFL’s best the past two years. As in the Broncos ranked No. 1 against the pass in both 2015 and 2016. No word play needed. Woods does not have to apologize for the promotion he more than earned.

    “Wade Phillips is one of the best defensive coordinators ever to coach in the NFL,’’ Woods said. “I can’t try to be Wade Phillips. I have to be Joe Woods. I have to be the best Joe Woods I know how to be. I’m not going to go down in front of the guys and try to simulate or do things that Wade did. Because they’ll see right through that. They know me for who I am. They know I’m a passionate guy. They know I work hard and I put the time in and they know I coach with a lot of energy. So I’m going to be that same guy. Really, back in Minnesota in 2006 I kind of went through a similar situation.’’

    So what is a Joe Woods’ defense going to look like?

    “It’s going to be the same thing that you’ve seen the last two years,’’ Woods said.
    “The footprint, the foundation is there. We’re an attacking defense. We want to dictate to the offense. We don’t want to sit back on our heels and let them dictate to us. We’re going to do the same thing we have done from a cover standpoint, a pressure standpoint. We’ll have a couple little tweaks that will enhance the defense along the way.’’

    The rest of the Broncos’ defensive staff – line coach Bill Kollar, inside linebackers coach Reggie Herring and outside linebackers coach Fred Pagac – returns. The Broncos are expected to add a starting defensive tackle to replace free-agent Sylvester Williams and another defensive end, either through the draft or free agency. The team is also expected to try and re-sign defensive lineman Vance Walker, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL.

    If all goes well for the Denver defense in 2017, Woods may become a hot head coaching candidate as soon as 2018. It’s hardly far-fetched. He became the Minnesota Vikings’ defensive backs coach in 2006, working with first-year coordinator Mike Tomlin.

    After just one year as a defensive coordinator, Tomlin became head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he still rules.

    And now Woods is working for Joseph, who was a coordinator for just one year when he got the Broncos’ head coaching job.

    “My whole coaching career, when I started coaching defensive backs, I never really worried about taking that next step as a defensive coordinator,’’ Woods said. “I just felt if I kept my head down and I worked hard then if people thought I could become a defensive coordinator they’d come after me. And right now it’s the same thing. Right now as a defensive coordinator I’m going to work as hard as I can to be the best defensive coordinator I can be. And then along the line if somebody wants to come after me as head coach then it’ll happen.’’

    source: https://www.9news.com/article/sports...wade/406774629

    Superbowl 50 MVP Von Miller on February 7th, 2016

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    • Wade Phillips discusses difficult Broncos departure

      Wade Phillips discusses difficult Broncos departure, surprise retirements, his new book, more
      Denver remains a special place for Phillips

      By Cameron Wolfe | The Denver Post
      PUBLISHED: May 1, 2017 at 5:01 pm | UPDATED: May 2, 2017 at 8:00 am


      Wade Phillips never really got his proper Broncos goodbye.

      Caught between Gary Kubiak’s surprise retirement announcement and the hiring of former Phillips assistant Vance Joseph as the Broncos’ head coach, Phillips was suddenly on the market looking for a new defensive coordinator’s job.

      Phillips’ exit from the Broncos to the Los Angeles Rams this offseason was puzzling for many, considering the job he did coordinating the Broncos’ defense. Denver had the NFL’s top-ranked defense in 2015 en route to a Super Bowl championship and the fourth overall-ranked defense last season. But Phillips’ contract was not renewed, and the Broncos chose to replace him with up-and-coming defensive backs coach Joe Woods.

      In a recent interview, Phillips talked with The Denver Post about his departure from the Broncos, his thoughts on his successor and his new book, “Son of Bum.”

      When Kubiak retired, the day after the 2016 season ended, Phillips said he knew the writing was on the wall for him to move on. He would have liked to stay, but he knew Joseph’s success as a first-time head coach depended on him having the main voice.

      “It needs to be his team
      ,” Phillips said. “And Joe Woods is a great coach. I told V.J. when I was with the Texans: ‘You need to be a coordinator or a head coach. You’re too good a coach to be just my secondary coach.’ I feel the same way about Joe Woods. For him to be the coordinator, even though it was one that I formerly had, I think it’s great. It’s a part of coaching. I enjoy seeing people get things they deserve.”

      Phillips admitted his exit from the Broncos was difficult, considering all the success he had, but he still has friends in the organization and an interest in seeing the team succeed.

      “I’ll always be proud to be connected with that group — the players, John (Elway), Kubes and the whole staff,” Phillips said. “That was a magical deal. We were a close-knit group, and that certainly helped the players be the same way with Kubes’ leadership.”

      “Of course our Super Bowl 50 team will be bonded forever. Anytime they have that reunion — maybe when I’m out of football — I’ll be able to come back and have those same feelings.”

      Loved the Broncos.
      L.A. Rams next! pic.twitter.com/IeGNzbfrMc

      — Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) January 22, 2017


      Denver remains a special place for Phillips. He vividly remembers going to Super Bowl XXIV in 1989, his first year in his first stint as the Broncos’ defensive coordinator. He recalled his relationship with players such as Simon Fletcher, whom he saw honored in the Broncos Ring of Fame, and DeMarcus Ware, whom he coached in Dallas and Denver. Phillips met with Ware shortly before the outside linebacker decided to retire.

      “He’ll be in the Hall of Fame, there’s no doubt about that,” Phillips said. “He had a great career, but now he has a whole life to live. He was almost like a son to me as far as how proud you are of things he does.”

      D-Ware–a true football legend-a privilege to have been with him–HOF on and off the field–Congrats on your career! Luv U. Coach Wade

      — Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) March 13, 2017


      Retirement has been a theme this offseason with people close to Phillips. Seeing Kubiak and Ware retire because of health reasons took Phillips back to something his late father, Bum Phillips, taught him. Football isn’t just winning and losing. It’s also about people.

      That’s why Phillips’ fun-loving style became a hit in the Broncos’ locker room. Even at 69, he is full of life and eager to adjust to the modern player. In his 39 years of NFL coaching, Phillips has had to adapt often. And largely because of Kubiak’s retirement, Phillips will have to adapt again to what he calls “a new challenge” with the Rams.

      Even Phillips, who has known Kubiak for decades, didn’t see his retirement coming.

      “It was a shock to all of us. Going into the last game, I didn’t have any idea,” Phillips said. “I’m hearing all these rumors and I call (vice president of public relations) Patrick Smyth to say: ‘Let’s put an end to this. Why don’t we put out a statement that this isn’t true.’ I never got a phone call back, and that’s when I knew something was really going on.”

      Phillips chuckles because he knows what question is coming next. Yet he said he hasn’t thought much about when he’ll step aside.

      “I guess if I die out on the field, that would be the perfect ending,” Phillips joked. “I like coaching. (Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator) Dick LeBeau is 79. He’s still coaching and doing a great job. I don’t put an age on it. It’s year to year. They didn’t ask me that when I was 32 as a coordinator. I’m not really asking myself. If you feel like you can contribute, you still enjoy doing it and they want you to do it, that makes a difference.”

      Phillips’ love for coaching started with his father. “Son of Bum” comes out this week. It’s a memoir that tells the story of their relationship and how football intersected in it. Phillips will be in Denver May 3 for a book signing at the Tattered Cover.

      Source: https://www.denverpost.com/2017/05/0...de=WebAccessSP

      Superbowl 50 MVP Von Miller on February 7th, 2016

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      • When Kubiak retired, the day after the 2016 season ended, Phillips said he knew the writing was on the wall for him to move on. He would have liked to stay, but he knew Joseph’s success as a first-time head coach depended on him having the main voice.

        “It needs to be his team,”
        Things seem to be working pretty good in LA with McVay and Wade

        Not sure why Wade had to leave for VJ to have success in Denver

        And if that is true Elway should have found another Head Coach....I felt that way when Wade left and I think the events in LA and events in Denver have proven it to be true.
        Last edited by Hadez; 10-29-2018, 07:53 PM.
        Time to build on the win and grow the team from some solid play higher level of play

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        • Wade asked Jon to be the highest paid D coordinator in the league, correct?

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          • Originally posted by rst08tierney View Post
            Wade asked Jon to be the highest paid D coordinator in the league, correct?
            The year before right after the Super Bowl Wade was given the option to either have a multi year contract or be paid well for one year. Wade took the one year deal.

            My guess is Wade was thinking like some of us fans that no sane GM would get rid of the DC of the 2015 Broncos...a defense that carried a team to a Ring in a day and age where all the rules favor the offense.

            After the season was over Wade tweeted he wanted to remain in Denver


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            • Originally posted by Hadez View Post
              The year before right after the Super Bowl Wade was given the option to either have a multi year contract or be paid well for one year. Wade took the one year deal.

              My guess is Wade was thinking like some of us fans that no sane GM would get rid of the DC of the 2015 Broncos...a defense that carried a team to a Ring in a day and age where all the rules favor the offense.

              After the season was over Wade tweeted he wanted to remain in Denver
              Then a serious regression in the run D happened (which followed him to LA) and a look at his history outside of the 1 year shows that he doesn't deserve to be the top paid DC.

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              • Originally posted by Butler By'Note View Post
                Then a serious regression in the run D happened (which followed him to LA) and a look at his history outside of the 1 year shows that he doesn't deserve to be the top paid DC.
                Right. Run D improved significantly in 2017.
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