Wade Phillips could become defensive coordinator candidate on Raiders or Broncos


Wade Phillips sat out of football last season but the 67-year-old’s name has been connected to several positions this offseaon.

According to ESPN’s Bill Williamson both the Raiders and Broncos could end up landing Phillips who has a long history of being successful on the defensive side of the ball.

Phillips worked under new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak while in Houston from 2011-2013 and took over when Kubiak was forced to miss the end of the 2013 season with medical problems. During that time Phillips led the Texans to three finishes inside the top-10 in total defense. He would inherit a decent group of defenders with the Broncos.

The other option for Phillips could be the Raiders. Phillips was also linked to the Redskins but they opted for Joe Barry for their defensive coordinator job.

Bears fire Mel Tucker

Mel Tucker has been released from his contract with the Bears. The news was weeks in the making as head coach Marc Trestsman was fired and the rest of the Bears coaches followed.

With John Fox now in town as the head coach and Vic Fangio running the defense the Bears will try to turn around the mistakes that Tucker made.

Under Tucker the Bears defense went from being one of the leagues more consistent units to one that was simply out played and torched. Tucker will likely have to settle for another position-coach job that he could use to later land another coordinator job.