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Wes Phillips enters his third season with the Rams, his first as tight ends coach/pass game coordinator in 2021. He came to the Rams after serving in similar roles with the Washington Football Team and Dallas Cowboys.
Wes Phillips enters his third season with the Rams, his first as tight ends coach/pass game coordinator in 2021.
He came to the Rams after serving in similar roles with the Washington Football Team and Dallas Cowboys.
In his second year in Los Angeles in 2020, the Rams offensive unit finished just outside of the top-10 in total offense, amassing 377 yards per game (11th) and passing offense, averaging 250.9 yards per game (13th).
TEs Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett finished fourth and fifth on the team, respectively with 521 and 417 receiving yards. Higbee averaged 11.8 yards per reception on the season. TE Johnny Mundt had a career-game in a Week 7 win over the Chicago Bears, finishing with 48 yards on three receptions, including 34-yard catch and run.
In his first year with the organization, Phillips helped propel Higbee to a career year. Higbee set single-season franchise records for both receptions (69) and receiving yards (734) by a tight end. He also became the first tight end since 1970 to have four-consecutive games of seven-plus catches for 100-plus yards.
Before coming to L.A., Phillips spent five seasons as Washington's tight ends coach after initially being named to the position on January 17, 2014.
In his final season in Washington, Phillips guided a tight ends group that accounted for nearly one-third of Washington's aerial output with 85 receptions, 980 yards and five touchdowns. Sixth- year pro Jordan Reed led the team in receiving with 54 catches for 558 yards and a pair of scores despite playing in only 13 games with eight starts.
In 2017, Phillips helped mold ageless 12-year veteran Vernon Davis into one of the team's most explosive threats. Davis recorded 43 receptions for 648 yards with three receiving touchdowns, leading Washington with a 15.1-yards per-catch average. Davis finished the season second in yards per catch among qualified NFL tight ends (Rob Gronkowski, 15.7) and was the first member of the Washington Football Team to finish in the Top 2 in the NFL in receiving average among tight ends since Clint Didier led the league at the position group in 1986. At age 33 on the final day of the calendar year, Davis became the oldest NFL tight end to average at least 15.0 yards per reception (min. 15 receptions) since Pro Football Hall of Famer Jackie Smith (16.5 at age 34) in 1974.
Phillips oversaw one of the league's most productive duos in 2016, further developing one of the game's emerging threats while integrating one of its most productive veterans.
Reed earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2016 after catching 66 passes for 686 yards with six receiving touchdowns in only 12 games with eight starts. During the year, Reed became the fastest tight end in NFL history to reach 200 career receptions, reaching the milestone in 38 career games and surpassing the mark set by Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow (39 career games). Phillips also helped guide Davis to a 44-catch, 583-yard campaign, as Washington finished the year as one of only two teams to have multiple tight ends record at least 40 receptions during the season (Houston).
Phillips presided over arguably the most prolific season by a tight end in Washington franchise history in 2015, as Reed shattered team records for receptions (87) and receiving yards (952) by a tight end. Including a 24-yard touchdown reception in the NFC Wild Card Round vs. Green Bay, Reed tied a team record for combined regular season and postseason receiving touchdowns (12) in a single year. Reed's breakout campaign was supplemented by a rotating cast of tight ends, as Phillips effectively integrated preseason trade acquisition Derek Carrier, midseason signings Anthony McCoy and Alex Smith, waiver addition Marcel Jensen, first-year player Je'Ron Hamm and eligible-tackle Tom Compton after the unit lost two presumptive contributors (Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen) to injury in the preseason.
In his first season in Washington in 2014, Phillips guided Paul to a breakout campaign, as the special teams standout shattered career highs in receptions (39) and receiving yards (507) after entering the season with 14 career catches and 228 career receiving yards to his credit in his first three years in the league. Phillips also oversaw the development of Reed, who finished third on the team with a then-career-high 50 receptions in his sophomore campaign.
Prior to joining Washington, Phillips spent seven seasons
in various capacities with the Dallas Cowboys. He joined Dallas in 2007 as the club's quality control/offensive assistant coach before relinquishing his role as a quality control coach in 2011 to become the club's assistant offensive line coach in addition to continuing to assist special teams. In 2013, Phillips was named the tight ends coach, helping Jason Witten post the second-most touchdowns in a season in his career (eight).
In 2012, Phillips assisted with an offensive line that helped the Cowboys finish with 5,994 net yards, the thirdmost in a season in franchise history, and set a single- season club record with 4,729 passing yards despite having Phil Costa, the team's starting center, for only three games. In 2011, the unit integrated new starters at four of the five positions, helping Tony Romo post his third career 4,000-yard season while rookie running back DeMarco Murray established a single-game team rushing record with a 253-yard performance against St. Louis.
In Phillips' four seasons as Dallas' quality control/offensive assistant coach from 2007-10, the Cowboys' offense posted total yardage numbers ranking in the Top 10 in team history three times, including setting single-season club records in 2010 that included 6,390 yards of total offense – marking the first time a Cowboys team topped 6,000 yards in a season in team history – and 4,287 passing yards. The offense as a whole finished second in the league in total offense, averaging 399.4 yards per game.
Before landing in Dallas, Phillips coached quarterbacks at Baylor in 2006. His work with quarterback Shawn Bell paid dividends as Bell established school single-season records despite missing the final three games with a knee injury.
Prior to his one-year stint at Baylor, Phillips spent two seasons as the quarterbacks coach at West Texas A&M University. The Buffaloes celebrated their most successful season in almost 55 years in 2005, finishing 10-2 to post their first winning season since 1998 and the program's first 10-win season since 1950. WTAMU won the Lone Star Conference with an 8-1 record, its first league title since 1986 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA D-II Playoffs for the first time in school history. The school led the 2005 Division II ranks in passing offense, racking
up 363.8 yards per game. He tutored quarterback Dalton Bell, a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which goes to the top Division II player. Prior to joining the WTAMU staff, Phillips spent one season as a student assistant coach at his alma mater, UTEP, and played two seasons at quarterback for the San Diego Riptide of the af2.
A three-year letter winner at UTEP (1999-2001), Phillips was a member of the 2000 Miners team that shared the WAC title, posted the school's highest win total in more than a decade and played in the Humanitarian Bowl. Phillips left the collegiate ranks among the school's single-season leaders in both pass efficiency (ninth – 120.0 in 2001) and completion percentage (eighth – 55.6 in 2001).
Phillips received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from UTEP in 2001. Phillips and his wife, Anna, were married in 2009 and have two daughters, Ivy and Minnie, and a son, Mac.