Phillips Hired as Defensive Coordinator

The Denver Broncos have hired Wade Phillips to run their defense and Joe Woods to coach the secondary.

According to several sources, the Denver Broncos have officially hired Wade Phillips to be their new defensive coordinator. Phillips was the 11th head coach in franchise history, with his administration running from 1993-94.

This move indicates that the team's renewed hope of landing Vance Joseph was again rebuffed by the Cincinnati Bengals and the miser they have for an owner -- Mike Brown.

Phillips takes over for Jack Del Rio, who left the team to take the head coaching job for the Oakland Raiders. Phillips' resume is replete with 44 years of rich coaching experience and a winning record as a head coach.

Most importantly, however, the Son of Bum knows defense.

Phillips takes over the role he held with the team from 1989-92. He was also the defensive coordinator under head coach Gary Kubiak, when he was with the Houston Texans from 2011-13.

It is expected that Phillips will install his attacking-style 3-4 defense, which, in a case of serendipity, the Broncos are uniquely set up to transition to, from a personnel perspective. They have the outside linebackers and 4 and 5-tech defensive ends.

The question will be at inside linebacker and nose tackle. The team has many free agents, restricted and unrestricted in these two personnel categories, so it'll be interesting to see which players John Elway and company will choose to re-sign.

The Broncos also announced that they have come to terms with Joe Woods as defensive backs coach. Via the team's press release.

"Woods has 23 years of coaching experience, including 11 seasons as an NFL defensive backs coach with Oakland (2014), Minnesota (2006-13) and Tampa Bay (2004-05). During his eight years with the Vikings, Woods coached cornerback Antoine Winfield, who made three consecutive Pro Bowls (2008-10) under his instruction.

Woods entered the NFL as a defensive backs coach with Tampa Bay, helping the Buccaneers rank first in the NFL in pass defense (172.1 ypg) during his two seasons (2004-05) with the team. Cornerback Ronde Barber earned first-team All-Pro recognition from the Associated Press following both of his seasons playing for Woods.

Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Woods was the defensive backs coach at Western Michigan for three seasons (2001-03). He also spent three years on the staff at Hofstra (1998-2000) in addition to coaching defensive backs at Kent State in 1997 and Grand Valley State from 1994-96. He began his coaching career at Muskingum College in 1992 before stints at Eastern Michigan (1993-94) and Northwestern State (1994).

A four-year letterman as a safety at Illinois State, Woods was born on June 25, 1970, in North Vandergrift, Pa."

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This move indicates that the team's renewed hope of landing Vance Joseph was again rebuffed by the Cincinnati Bengals and the miser they have for an owner -- Mike Brown.\r\n

Phillips takes over for Jack Del Rio, who left the team to take the head coaching job for the Oakland Raiders. Phillips' resume is replete with 44 years of rich coaching experience and a winning record as a head coach.\r\n

Most importantly, however, the Son of Bum knows defense. \r\n

Phillips takes over the role he held with the team from 1989-92. He was also the defensive coordinator under head coach Gary Kubiak, when he was with the Houston Texans from 2011-13.\r\n

It is expected that Phillips will install his attacking-style 3-4 defense, which, in a case of serendipity, the Broncos are uniquely set up to transition to, from a personnel perspective. They have the outside linebackers and 4 and 5-tech defensive ends. \r\n

The question will be at inside linebacker and nose tackle. The team has many free agents, restricted and unrestricted in these two personnel categories, so it'll be interesting to see which players John Elway and company will choose to re-sign. \r\n

The Broncos also announced that they have come to terms with Joe Woods as defensive backs coach. Via the team's press release. \r\n

\"Woods has 23 years of coaching experience, including 11 seasons as an NFL defensive backs coach with Oakland (2014), Minnesota (2006-13) and Tampa Bay (2004-05).\r\nDuring his eight years with the Vikings, Woods coached cornerback Antoine Winfield, who made three consecutive Pro Bowls (2008-10) under his instruction.\r\n

Woods entered the NFL as a defensive backs coach with Tampa Bay, helping the Buccaneers rank first in the NFL in pass defense (172.1 ypg) during his two seasons (2004-05) with the team. Cornerback Ronde Barber earned first-team All-Pro recognition from the Associated Press following both of his seasons playing for Woods.\r\n

Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Woods was the defensive backs coach at Western Michigan for three seasons (2001-03). He also spent three years on the staff at Hofstra (1998-2000) in addition to coaching defensive backs at Kent State in 1997 and Grand Valley State from 1994-96.\r\nHe began his coaching career at Muskingum College in 1992 before stints at Eastern Michigan (1993-94) and Northwestern State (1994).\r\n

A four-year letterman as a safety at Illinois State, Woods was born on June 25, 1970, in North Vandergrift, Pa.\"\r\n \r\n

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According to several sources, the Denver Broncos have officially hired Wade Phillips to be their new defensive coordinator. Phillips was the 11th head coach in franchise history, with his administration running from 1993-94.

Just got confirmation. @sonofbum it is. Wade Phillips is the new DC.

— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) January 29, 2015

This move indicates that the team's renewed hope of landing Vance Joseph was again rebuffed by the Cincinnati Bengals and the miser they have for an owner -- Mike Brown.

Phillips takes over for Jack Del Rio, who left the team to take the head coaching job for the Oakland Raiders. Phillips' resume is replete with 44 years of rich coaching experience and a winning record as a head coach.

Most importantly, however, the Son of Bum knows defense.

Phillips takes over the role he held with the team from 1989-92. He was also the defensive coordinator under head coach Gary Kubiak, when he was with the Houston Texans from 2011-13.

It is expected that Phillips will install his attacking-style 3-4 defense, which, in a case of serendipity, the Broncos are uniquely set up to transition to, from a personnel perspective. They have the outside linebackers and 4 and 5-tech defensive ends.

The question will be at inside linebacker and nose tackle. The team has many free agents, restricted and unrestricted in these two personnel categories, so it'll be interesting to see which players John Elway and company will choose to re-sign.

The Broncos also announced that they have come to terms with Joe Woods as defensive backs coach. Via the team's press release.

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