Wade Philips Named AP Assistant Coach Of The Year

Wade Phillips was named the Assistant Coach of the Year by the Associated Press.

Wade Phillips will gladly accept the AP's 2015 Assistant Coach of the Year award, but he'd prefer a Super Bowl ring. Phillips was announced as the AP's winner Saturday night at the NFL Honors event in San Francisco, CA. 

Phillips was the architect of the first No. 1 defense in Denver Broncos franchise history. The Broncos also led the National Football League in sacks, with 52. 

The impact of Wade Phillips is still being felt, as the Broncos prepare to take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. In the AFC Championship game, the Broncos sacked Tom Brady four times and hit him more than 20 times. 

After the game, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reportedly told Phillips "That was one hell of a game you called", as they crossed paths at midfield. 

Well said, Bill. 

The Broncos need one more virtuoso game-plan from Phillips and the Broncos defense, with NFL Offensive Player of the Year Cam Newton looming. Remember, nobody saw the beating Brady took coming. 

After 38 years of coaching in the NFL, the most glaring hole on Phillips' resume is the lack of a Super Bowl ring. He'll get his first chance since 1989 to remedy that Sunday night in Santa Clara. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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