Senior Bowl Buzz: Broncos Talking To Phillips

Are the Broncos interested in Wade Phillips to fill their vacant defensive coordinator position?

Mobile, AL – During the Senior Bowl South squad’s practice today, some new buzz emerged regarding the Denver Broncos search for a defensive coordinator. The team is reportedly talking to Wade Phillips to fill the vacant position in their coaching staff.

Vice President of Football Operations John Elway and Director of Pro Personnel Matt Russell were both in attendance yesterday and today at the Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, as they evaluate the talented crop of collegiate seniors who received invitations to play in the biggest talent evaluation outside of the NFL Combine.

ESPN Denver’s Jeff Legwold first reported the buzz.

Hiring Phillips makes sense and it fits the whole “we’re getting the band back together” mantra that is issuing out of Dove Valley. Phillips was the Broncos defensive coordinator from 1989-92, before becoming the franchise’s 11th head coach from 1993-94.

Although Phillips has spent the last year and some change outside of football, the man knows defense. The son of Bum has been coaching in the NFL for decades and even served under Gary Kubiak in Houston from 2011-13.

However, Phillips likes to deploy the 3-4 scheme as his base defense, which means the Broncos would likely have to switch from the 4-3 they’ve used for the last four years under John Fox. But they do have the personnel for it.

Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware would fit perfectly as stand-up outside linebackers. Guys like Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson have the size and skill-set to be 3-4 defensive ends. The keys to making it work would be at nose guard and inside linebacker.

The 3-4 requires a behemoth anchor at nose guard but Terrance Knighton is set to be an unrestricted free agent and the Broncos seem intent on letting him hit the open market. Although the Broncos would like Knighton back, signing Phillips would likely change their attitude towards letting him test free agency.

Inside linebacker is also paramount. Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall are both talented, versatile players, but many question whether they have the size to play ILB in a 3-4. They’re best suited on the edge in a 4-3 where they can let the big boys up front consume blocks, allowing them to read, react and pursue down-hill.

But where there’s a will there’s a way. And if Elway wants Phillips, the deal will likely happen. Elway seemingly always gets his man. The Broncos are looking to shore up this vacancy in their coaching staff as soon as possible and Phillips simply makes sense.

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Hiring Phillips makes sense and it fits the whole “we’re getting the band back together” mantra that is issuing out of Dove Valley. Phillips was the Broncos defensive coordinator from 1989-92, before becoming the franchise’s 11th head coach from 1993-94. \r\n

Although Phillips has spent the last year and some change outside of football, the man knows defense. The son of Bum has been coaching in the NFL for decades and even served under Gary Kubiak in Houston from 2011-13. \r\n

However, Phillips likes to deploy the 3-4 scheme as his base defense, which means the Broncos would likely have to switch from the 4-3 they’ve used for the last four years under John Fox. But they do have the personnel for it. \r\n

Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware would fit perfectly as stand-up outside linebackers. Guys like Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson have the size and skill-set to be 3-4 defensive ends. The keys to making it work would be at nose guard and inside linebacker. \r\n

The 3-4 requires a behemoth anchor at nose guard but Terrance Knighton is set to be an unrestricted free agent and the Broncos seem intent on letting him hit the open market. Although the Broncos would like Knighton back, signing Phillips would likely change their attitude towards letting him test free agency. \r\n

Inside linebacker is also paramount. Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall are both talented, versatile players, but many question whether they have the size to play ILB in a 3-4. They’re best suited on the edge in a 4-3 where they can let the big boys up front consume blocks, allowing them to read, react and pursue down-hill. \r\n

But where there’s a will there’s a way. And if Elway wants Phillips, the deal will likely happen. Elway seemingly always gets his man. The Broncos are looking to shore up this vacancy in their coaching staff as soon as possible and Phillips simply makes sense. \r\n

Chad Jensen is the Publisher and Lead Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen and on Google+.\r\n\r\n

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Mobile, AL – During the Senior Bowl South squad’s practice today, some new buzz emerged regarding the Denver Broncos search for a defensive coordinator. The team is reportedly talking to Wade Phillips to fill the vacant position in their coaching staff.

Vice President of Football Operations John Elway and Director of Pro Personnel Matt Russell were both in attendance yesterday and today at the Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, as they evaluate the talented crop of collegiate seniors who received invitations to play in the biggest talent evaluation outside of the NFL Combine.

ESPN Denver’s Jeff Legwold first reported the buzz.

Buzz at Senior Bowl is #Broncos are talking to Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator candidate.

— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) January 22, 2015

Hiring Phillips makes sense and it fits the whole “we’re getting the band back together” mantra that is issuing out of Dove Valley. Phillips was the Broncos defensive coordinator from 1989-92, before becoming the franchise’s 11th head coach from 1993-94.

Although Phillips has spent the last year and some change outside of football, the man knows defense. The son of Bum has been coaching in the NFL for decades and even served under Gary Kubiak in Houston from 2011-13.

However, Phillips likes to deploy the 3-4 scheme as his base defense, which means the Broncos would likely have to switch from the 4-3 they’ve used for the last four years under John Fox. But they do have the personnel for it.

Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware would fit perfectly as stand-up outside linebackers. Guys like Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson have the size and skill-set to be 3-4 defensive ends. The keys to making it work would be at nose guard and inside linebacker.

The 3-4 requires a behemoth anchor at nose guard but Terrance Knighton is set to be an unrestricted free agent and the Broncos seem intent on letting him hit the open market. Although the Broncos would like Knighton back, signing Phillips would likely change their attitude towards letting him test free agency.

Inside linebacker is also paramount. Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall are both talented, versatile players, but many question whether they have the size to play ILB in a 3-4. They’re best suited on the edge in a 4-3 where they can let the big boys up front consume blocks, allowing them to read, react and pursue down-hill.

But where there’s a will there’s a way. And if Elway wants Phillips, the deal will likely happen. Elway seemingly always gets his man. The Broncos are looking to shore up this vacancy in their coaching staff as soon as possible and Phillips simply makes sense.

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