The hiring of Sean McVay was crucial for the future success of the Los Angeles Rams, leading them to the Super Bowl in just his second season. However, his decision to bring aboard Wade Phillips shouldn’t be overlooked, either.
Phillips has played a huge role in the Rams’ success the last two seasons, be it with his in-game adjustments or in-season ones. He was also a primary factor in Aqib Talib being traded to L.A. after the Broncos had already agreed to trade him to San Francisco.
Talib blocked the trade and made it clear he wanted to play for Phillips in Los Angeles or a team like the Patriots. It shows how strong of a relationship Phillips and Talib have, which the coach discussed this past week.
“You’re close to a lot of your players, but I’m really close to Aqib. He’s certainly helped me get a ring, which is important,” Phillips said. “But, the friendship part has been really special to me. I think, maybe, and it’s not all money, but I think he came partly because I was here. That really means a lot to you as a coach – that somebody would like to play for you, or at least does to me.”
The last time Phillips and Talib made the Super Bowl, Wade was spotted on media night wearing the cornerback’s gold chain.
We might see Phillips in a gold chain again this year after it was such a big hit in Super Bowl 50.
“I didn’t know what that was last time until he put all his stuff on. So, I started buying all that. I’ll get it all out when we get to the Super Bowl,” he said.
All eyes will be on Phillips during Opening Night on Monday in Atlanta.