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Source says Minnesota Vikings hire Wes Phillips from Los Angeles Rams as offensive coordinator

Source says Minnesota Vikings hire Wes Phillips from Los Angeles Rams as offensive coordinator

Eagan, Minnesota — The Vikings have hired Wes Phillips to join Kevin O’Connell’s crew as the team’s offensive coordinator, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Phillips has been with the Rams since the 2019 season and was the passing games coordinator and tight-ending coach during the team’s run to the Super Bowl in 2021. During his first two seasons in Los Angeles, the 43-year-old ended coaching, including Tyler Higbywho scored a season-record franchise in receptions (69) and yards (734) by a tight end in 2019. Higbee was also the first tight end since 1970 to score four consecutive games from seven or more receptions.

Phillips began his NFL coaching career with the Cowboys in 2007 as a QC/assistant offensive coach before serving as an assistant coach for Dallas (2011-12) and as a tights coach (2013). Phillips then spent four seasons with Washington as coach of the narrow team, interfering with O’Connell through the 2017 and 18 seasons.

O’Connell said during his opening press conference on Thursday that he plans to call up offensive plays during the 2022 season. The role that Phillips will play in Minnesota is expected to be similar to the role O’Connell played as offensive coordinator in Los Angeles in 2020 and 21. While head coach Sean McVeigh has served as liaison On the team, O’Connell helped build and develop the team’s game plan, which in Minnesota will reflect many of the concepts used in the Rams’ offensive.

“We do a lot of things that are simple to us, but maybe it’s hard for the defense to defend,” O’Connell said last week. “Simple as things are starting to look the same but different…the things that people have seen our attack do in L.A. will totally see our attack happening here in Minnesota.”

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Phillips is the son of former Rams defensive coordinator and longtime NFL coach Wade Phillips and grandson of former Oilers and Saints coach Bom Phillips.

The Vikings have already announced nine additions to O’Connell’s staff: assistant coach Mike Peyten, defense coordinator Ed Donatel, defensive line coach Chris Rump, quarterback coach Chris O’Hara, assistant quarterback Jerrod Johnson, tight ends/passing game coordinator Brian Angelicio, offensive line coach Chris Cooper , assistant offensive line coach Justin Rascateti and running/back line coordinator Curtis Modkins.

The NFL Network was the first to report Phillips’ hiring.