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Wade Phillips offers gold quote about Sean McVay’s ‘coaching tree’

Michael Dixon
Wade Phillips
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Is it true that NFL teams are looking for anyone associated with Sean McVay to be their head coach? Wade Phillips, McVay’s defensive coordinator, hopes so.

Phillips’ son, Wes, is a tight ends coach for the Washington Redskins. He held the same job from 2014-2016 when McVay was Washington’s offensive coordinator. The elder Phillips quipped that because of this, his son should be in line for a head-coaching vacancy.

This is one of these ideas that sounds like a joke. But when we actually think about it, we wouldn’t be completely surprised if this happened.

After all, the younger Phillips worked under McVay for three seasons. Zac Taylor, the man reportedly on tab to be the next head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, has worked under McVay for two. Additionally, Phillips clearly has coaching in his DNA.

Of course, it’s still a little premature for Phillips to get a head coaching gig. The jump from tight ends coach to head coach is rarely, if ever, made. But we would be surprised if at least some front offices haven’t at least made the connection.