Denver Broncos’ defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was carted to the locker room during Sunday afternoon’s game at home against the San Diego Chargers after a sideline collision with running back Melvin Gordon, in which he appeared to hit his head on the ground. He would move some extremities and was stretchered into the locker room by the team’s medical staff.
Broncos DC Wade Phillips got hit by a player on the sidelines. They're putting him on a stretcher. pic.twitter.com/sMzP6cjVDp
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) October 30, 2016
The 69-year-old Phillips began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Houston – his alma mater – in 1969. He has carved out a niche in the NFL as a defensive coordinator, but also has experience having been the head coach for the Broncos in (1993-1994), Buffalo Bills (1998-2000) and Dallas Cowboys (2007-2010), as well as interim roles for the New Orleans Saints (1985), Atlanta Falcons (2003) and Houston Texans (2013).
Despite the length of his career, he won his first Super Bowl last season as the Broncos’ defensive coordinator, which was his first year on the job this time around. His scheme has been aided by having players like defensive end and linebacker Von Miller, who received the richest contract for a defensive player in NFL history during the offseason.
After the retirement of quarterback Peyton Manning and departure of another signal caller in Brock Osweiler in the offseason, Denver has barely missed a beat, beginning the season 5-2 despite starting a former seventh-round pick under center. Phillips’ defense has allowed more than 20 points in a game only once this season.
Broncos’ head coach Gary Kubiak missed a game earlier this season due to a medical incident for which he was hospitalized before eventually returning to the sideline.