Perhaps the more prestigious award comes from the Pro Football Writers Of America, who today named Phillips their Co-Assistant Coach of the Year. He'll share the honor with Hue Jackson, former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator and newly-hired head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
Phillips was hired not long after Gary Kubiak signed on as the new head coach of the Broncos. Phillips took a defense, who finished in the NFL's top-five in 2014, and turned them into the No. 1 unit in the league.
A Broncos defense had never finished a season as the NFL's top-ranked defense. Phillips made that happen, bringing his 3-4, attacking-style defense with him.
The Broncos sent four players to the Pro Bowl and should have sent more. Outside linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller earned a tip to the NFL All-Star game, along with cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris, Jr.
Jackson and Wolfe were both deserving, although the latter was disqualifed by the fact that he served a four-game suspension to start the season. Brandon Marshall and Danny Trevathan had a banner year, both eclipsing the 100-tackle mark at inside linebacker.
Marshall was at least named as a Pro Bowl alternate. Strong safety T.J. Ward, a two-time Pro Bowler, was omitted, likley due to missing a handful of games because of injury.
Newcomer Darian Stewart also had a career season playing for Wade Phillips. All in all, the proof of Phillips' impact in Denver is in the pudding. The Broncos finished as the AFC's No. 1 seed and now get to host the AFC Championship game vs. New England Patriots.
Broncos Country can thank Wade Phillips, in large measure, for where the team is now.
And who could forget Son of Bum's famous tweet after the Broncos dismantled the Green Bay Packers 29-10 in Week 8?
For now, Phillips and company have unfinished business. Tom Brady is coming to town and theres an AFC crown on the line.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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