Former Rams DC Wade Phillips’ priceless response to Romeo Crennel losing his job
Former Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has turned to a new profession: social media jokester.
Phillips, 72, was not retained by the Rams after his third year in charge of the NFC West club’s defense. The Houston Texans made a similar decision this week with another 72-year-old in defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. Phillips used his platform on Twitter on Monday morning to poke fun at his own expense along with Crennel’s dismissal.
“Tough year for 72-year-old DC’s,” Phillips wrote on his Twitter page. “Romeo is a great coach and person.”
Tough year for 72 year old DC’s.
Romeo is a great coach and person. Wade Phillips https://t.co/s1hDpxcHRT
— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) January 20, 2020
Looking back at his career, Phillips is an accomplished coach, previously installed as a full-time head coach of three franchises; the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, and Dallas Cowboys. Before joining Sean McVay’s coaching staff on the Rams, Phillips spent two seasons reuniting with the Broncos as their defensive coordinator. Phillips took the 24th-ranked team from the 2016 season, in terms of total yards allowed to opposing offenses, to 14th best in his first two seasons before regressing in 2019 at 20th.
Crennel, a former head coach of the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs before joining the Texans in 2014 as a defensive coach, was a surprising dismissal as just last week head coach Bill O’Brien said he “expected” to have Crennel back on the sidelines during the 2020 season.
As for Phillips, there’s a rumor that he could reunite with the Browns, potentially joining rookie head coach Kevin Stefanski’s coaching staff as their defensive coordinator. It would be a smart move for Cleveland that needs a spark on that side of the football.