The Denver Broncos Coaxed Wade Phillips Away to Retain Joe Woods as DC

Things were not as they seemed when Wade Phillips left for LA.

When Wade Phillips left the Denver Broncos shortly after the sudden retirement of head coach Gary Kubiak at the end of the season, it appeared to be a standard change of venue for the Son of Bum.

As Mike Klis of 9News reports, however, it wasn't quite that simple.

In fact, it appears that Phillips' move west from Denver to the Los Angeles Rams was not so much his own personal choice as it was the Broncos' making a precautionary move to retain Joe Woods, who they promoted from defensive backs coach to defensive coordinator.

"The Broncos have said they needed to promote Woods from defensive backs coach to defensive coordinator or else lose him to other teams who were expressing interest in him as coordinator," Klis reported.

This comes as a bit of a shock, especially for fans who had grown especially fond of Phillips for both his tremendous defensive game-planning, as well as his deceptively honest persona. However, for all that Wade did for the Broncos defense in his two years as defensive coordinator, he's been coaching since the days of the "Love Ya Blue" Houston Oilers, and it was apparent that he wouldn't be sticking around forever.

Instead, the Broncos recognized a talent on the defensive coaching staff with Woods, the architect of the No-Fly Zone, the league's best secondary, and knew that if they didn't move him up the ladder that other teams would come calling very quickly.

It was a forward-thinking move by the Broncos, and while Wade Phillips was a fan favorite, it's likely the best choice in the long run. 

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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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