Rams Defensive Coordinator Honors Late Father with Incredible Gesture Ahead of Super Bowl


Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips wore his battle gear when he boarded a plane to Atlanta Sunday to go to the Super Bowl LIII to play the Patriots.

To some fans, it might have looked familiar.

Phillips had on a cowboy hat and sheepskin jacket — the same outfit his late father, Bum Phillips, often wore when he roamed the sidelines.

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Bum Phillips was the legendary coach of the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints from 1975 to 1985. He died in 2013 at the age of 90.

Bum has been a huge influence on Wade, who coached on his father’s staff with both the Oilers and Saints.

Wade’s twitter handle is @SonofBum.

Wade Phillips has coached in the NFL since 1975 and has been defensive coordinator for the Saints, Eagles, Broncos (twice), Bills, Falcons, Chargers, Texans, and Rams.

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He’s been the head coach for the Saints (interim basis), Broncos, Bills, Cowboys, Falcons (interim), and Texans (interim).

Phillips has a career head coaching record of 84-62 and has made five playoff appearances. He’s gone head-to-head against Patriots coach Bill Belichick many times over the years as both a DC and head coach and has fared pretty well, going 16-17 vs. Belichick, including 4-6 since Belichick has been a head coach.

“The system has lasted,” Belichick said of Phillip’s defense last week, according to Pro Football Talk.

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“I mean, really, this is part of his dad’s system that he’s developed and adapted and developed there. I mean, I have a ton of respect for what he’s done and how he’s done it over every different kind of offense you can see.”

Phillips’ best performance against Belichick was probably in the 2015 AFC Championship game, when the Broncos beat the Pats 20-18 to advance to the Super Bowl, where they defeated the Carolina Panthers.

He’s hoping to channel some of his dad’s magic for Super Bowl LIII.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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