Phillips said, "Danny means a lot to this program, and most of his production has come in the last two years. Watching the way he went about his business has been special. The guy last week was really probably the best game I've seen him play. Many would say other games would be. He had 17 tackles. He's done that before. But just how he was patient and calling at the right time.
"A lot of times you watch this game, Danny couldn't see the runner. He just has the instinct and the knack to understand that, if I stay on this side just long enough, the running back is going to cut off the blocker to the other side, and he'd stay on that side just long enough to let the back commit and then come out the other side and make the play.
"Just the way he just glides across the field, waits till the last minute to strike. He's just amazing to watch. He alone willed the defense to play the way they played Saturday. We continue to tell them to come up to his level, and everyone on defense that tried to play better than they were capable of. I think a lot of that had to do with the way Danny Trevathan played.
"He makes plays when needed. Caused fumbles, had sacks. I think he caused two fumbles and had a big sack, three tackles for loss. He's just that guy that can get everybody lined up, and that's been real helpful for us."
Phillips also spoke of the Butkus Award snub, as Trevathan was not selected as a Butkus Award finalist.
"It would be hard for me to find 12 better linebackers than Danny as far as production," said Phillips. "He's playing in a pretty good league, and the production that he has had the last two years, if he matches his last couple of weeks, we're talking a guy that could have over 150 tackles in this league in one season. That's amazing within itself.
"I'm hard pressed to find 12 other guys that's better than him, in my opinion."