Wade Phillips named Defensive Coordinator

The San Diego Chargers announced the signing of Wade Phillips to fill the Chargers' defensive coordinator position. Phillips, 56,has been a defensive coordinator with five teams during his 26-year NFL coaching career, including Atlanta (2002-03), Buffalo (1995-97), Denver (1989-92), Philadelphia (1986-88) and New Orleans (1981-85).

Wade Phillips comes to the San Diego Chargers after interviewing for the defensive coordinator job on Thursday. Phillips has worked both in a 3-4 defense (Atlanta) and 4-3 defense (Buffalo and Denver) as the Bolts employed last year.

Phillips recent stint was with Atlanta, where he spent two seasons (2002-03) as defensive coordinator. He also served as Atlanta's interim head coach after Dan Reeves was released from his contract on Dec. 10, 2003 for the Falcons' final three games, going 2-1.

The staple of Phillips' defense has been its ability to create turnovers. In 2003, on a terrible defense, the Falcons created 31 turnovers good for third most in the league. The Falcons also registered more sacks than the Chargers, 36-to-30, a testament to Phillips schemes.

In 2002, the numbers were even more impressive as Phillips guided the Falcons defense to 47 sacks, second-most in team history; 39 total takeaways, second in the league, and 24 interceptions, the fourth-highest total in the league.

What defense will they deploy? It is still to be determined.

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