Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is one of my all-time favorite Twitter follows. First, there’s his tag, @sonofbum, in reference to his father, former NFL head coach Bum Phillips. Then there’s the magnificent tweets themselves. Although Phillips’ resting facial expression during games usually looks a lot like befuddled confusion, his tweets put his easygoing dad/granddad humor on full display:
We need to beat the Browns this week and I am not "Josh ing"
— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) October 14, 2015
I am sure I own the most times interim H C -Saints-Atlanta-Texans-and most times fired after interim (3)
— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) October 5, 2015
And now, the Broncos have actually made a real-life transaction thanks to Phillips’ Twitter activity, signing free agent safety Shiloh Keo about a week after this exchange:
@kaleo10 Keo–Josh was with us in camp and first 4 games-u know how much I think of u–hope that little Keo is doing well
— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) December 2, 2015
Keo played under Phillips for three seasons with the Houston Texans after being drafted by Houston in the fifth round out of the University of Idaho in 2011. Keo played a consistent but limited role on the 2011 and 2012 Texans teams, which both made the playoffs. Keo then started eleven games on the 2013 Texans, who slumped to a 2-14 record. Keo tallied two interceptions and 65 tackles during his time in Houston, and has not appeared in the NFL since.
The Broncos are certainly not giving out roster spots for charity or giggles. At 10-2, Denver is a serious contender to win the Super Bowl. The team has played at an elite level even while switching quarterbacks, from Peyton Manning to Brock Osweiler, in no small part thanks to Phillips’ defense, which is second in the league in points allowed.