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Wade Phillips

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Wade Phillips was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1976 to 2019, finishing his career as the defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams. Over his forty-two years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 367-291-2. During his career he was a head coach for nine seasons, first with the Denver Broncos. He led the Broncos for two seasons, compiling a record of 16-16-0. His next head coaching stint was with the Buffalo Bills from 1998 to 2000, as he led the team to a 29-19-0 record. His third head coach placement began in 2007 with the Dallas Cowboys. He coached them for four seasons and the team had a 39-25-0 record during his tenure. During his entire head coaching career, his three teams combined for a record of 84-60-0 across nine seasons including going 1-4-0 in the playoffs.

During his time as defensive coordinator and head coach he coached nine players to award-winning seasons. As the defensive coordinator for the Bills Bruce Smith won AP Defensive Player of the Year and Bryce Paup won AP Defensive Player of the Year. As the head coach for the Bills Doug Flutie won Comeback Player of the Year. As the defensive coordinator for the Broncos Mike Croel won AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. As the defensive coordinator for the Chargers Shawne Merriman won AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. As the head coach for the Cowboys Greg Ellis won Comeback Player of the Year. As the defensive coordinator for the Texans J.J. Watt won AP Defensive Player of the Year. As the defensive coordinator for the Rams Aaron Donald won AP Defensive Player of the Year (2). As the defensive coordinator for the Eagles Reggie White won AP Defensive Player of the Year.