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Meet Wes Phillips: Three things to know about the Rams' new tight ends coach

The Rams made three additions to their coaching staff after 2018's run to Super Bowl LIII and the departure of quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor to his first head coaching gig in Cincinnati. Taylor's move kick started a coaching shuffle on the offensive side of the ball in L.A., moving former tight ends coach/passing game coordinator Shane Waldron to the quarterbacks coaching spot and prompted the hiring of Wes Phillips, who's spent the last five seasons coaching tight ends in Washington.

Here are three things to know about Phillips:


1. Son of @sonofbum

Wes Phillips joins his dad, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, on the Rams coaching staff heading into 2019. Wes Phillips offers 12 years of professional coaching experience in the NFL, after getting his start as a member of his dad's staff during the 71-year-old's head coaching tenure in Dallas back in 2007.

Wes Phillips spent four seasons as an offensive assistant/offensive quality control coach under his dad through the 2010 season, before three more seasons in the Lone Star State as an assistant offensive line coach and then tight ends coach.


2. The McVay Connection

In January, when jokes about landing a coach job by simply knowing head coach Sean McVay circulated the NFL twitterverse, Wade Phillips joked in a press conference about his son finding a job because of a previous connection with McVay — perhaps foreshadowing his son's offseason move to Los Angeles.

Wes Phillips took over the tight ends job in Washington when McVay was promoted to offensive coordinator back in 2014 and then spend three seasons alongside his new boss, before McVay's 2017 departure to L.A.

Washington went 35-44-1 with Wes Phillips on the staff.

3. Former College QB

Phillips got his start coaching in the college ranks as a graduate assistant at UTEP, before becoming an assistant at West Texas A&M and offensive coordinator at Baylor following three seasons playing college ball at UTEP.

Phillips quarterbacked the Miners for three seasons from 1999-2001, and contributed most heavily in his senior season, appearing in 11 games and throwing 10 touchdowns.

Check out photos of the new Rams coaches throughout their football careers.

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