Despite his age, 72-year-old Wade Phillips might be coaching in the NFL once again come next season. According to a recent report from Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Phillips has already been discussed as a possible defensive coordinator option for first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski, who was hired by the Cleveland Browns just this week.
Stefanski previously served as the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings with Phillips recently parting ways with the Los Angeles Rams, for whom he served as the team's defensive coordinator.
“Former Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, 72, is on the Browns’ radar to run Kevin Stefanski’s defense, sources tell cleveland.com,” Cabot writes. Phillips’ contract with the Rams expired after three seasons, and he announced on Twitter last week that they’re not renewing it. But the former head coach of six NFL teams — a league-high — also said in the same tweet that he wants to continue coaching.”
It is also worth noting that Phillips is a former head coach at the NFL level in addition to serving as one of the best coordinators in recent memory. As a result, he could be the perfect sidekick for a rookie head coach like Stefanski.
“I have been informed by the Rams that my contract will not be renewed,” Phillips tweeted after parting ways with the Rams last week. “I want to thank them for the opportunity to be a part of their success the last 3 years. Most of all I want to thank the players who I loved workings with. I still want to coach and feel I can contribute.”
Of course, the lowly Browns can use all the help they can get as Cleveland once again finished the year with a disappointing output.