First the Rams named Sean McVay as their new head coach. Then, per a report, the Rams will add Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator. Tough day for the Redskins.
Wade Phillips has agreed to terms to become Rams defensive coordinator, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 13, 2017
Losing McVay is a blow for Washington, as he called the plays for the No. 3 ranked Redskins offense, but it's not totally unexpected. While the Redskins never had Phillips as a defensive coordinator, many thought he might be a fit for the team after Joe Barry was dismissed.
In 2015, Phillips interviewed with Washington before Barry was hired. Further, his son Wes coaches tight ends for the 'Skins.
Jay Gruden now has a coaching staff that lacks both an offensive and a defensive coordinator. Many expect the 'Skins will promote from within to replace McVay, but the defensive coordinator search now has many questions.
With Phillips in LA with the Rams, and most signs pointing to Gus Bradley in LA with the Chargers, the Redskins might want to move quickly with Mike Pettine. The organization has interviewed both Bradley and Pettine. Internal candidate Greg Manusky still remains an option as well, though Pettine brings a more impressive track record as a coordinator.