Vikings hiring Rams’ Phillips as OC, source says

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EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings are hiring Wes Phillips onto head coach Kevin O’Connell’s staff to be the team’s offensive coordinator, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Phillips has been with the Rams since the 2019 season and was the passing game coordinator and tight ends coach during the team’s Super Bowl run in 2021. During his first two seasons in Los Angeles, the 43-year-old coached tight ends. In 2019, Tyler Higbee set single-season franchise records in receptions (69) and receiving yards (734) by a tight end. Higbee was also the first tight end since 1970 to record four straight games of seven or more receptions.

Phillips began his NFL coaching career with the Cowboys in 2007 as a quality control coach/offensive assistant before serving as Dallas’ assistant offensive line coach (2011-12) and tight ends coach (2013). Phillips then spent four seasons with Washington as the tight ends coach, where he overlapped with O’Connell during the 2017-18 seasons.

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O’Connell said during his introductory news conference that he plans to call offensive plays during the 2022 season. The role Phillips will hold in Minnesota is expected to be similar to the offensive coordinator position O’Connell had in Los Angeles from 2020-21. While head coach Sean McVay served as the team’s play caller, O’Connell helped build and develop the team’s game plan, which in Minnesota will mirror many of the concepts utilized within the Rams offense.

“We’re doing a lot of things that are simple for us, but maybe a little bit more difficult for a defense to defend,” O’Connell said last Thursday. “Simple as things starting out looking the same but are different … things that people have seen our offense do in L.A. that they will absolutely see our offense do here in Minnesota.”

New Vikings offensive coordinator Wes Phillips, who is the son of former longtime NFL coach Wade Phillips, had been with the Rams since 2019. AP Photo/Kyusung Gong, File

Phillips is the son of former Rams defensive coordinator and longtime NFL head coach Wade Phillips and grandson of former Oilers and Saints coach Bum Phillips.

The Vikings already announced nine additions to O’Connell’s staff: assistant head coach Mike Pettine, defensive coordinator Ed Donatell, defensive line coach Chris Rumph, quarterbacks coach Chris O’Hara, assistant quarterbacks coach Jerrod Johnson, tight ends/passing game coordinator Brian Angelichio, offensive line coach Chris Kuper, assistant offensive line coach Justin Rascati and running backs/run game coordinator Curtis Modkins.

NFL Network was first to report Phillips’ hiring.

Source: ESPN NFL


Author: Ellen Garcia