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EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings hired Wes Phillips to join Kevin O’Connell’s staff as the team’s offensive coordinator on Monday.
Phillips has been with the Rams since the 2019 season and was the tight-ends coordinator and tight-end coach during the team’s Super Bowl race in 2021. During his first two seasons in Los Angeles, the 43-year-old trained tight-ends, including Tyler Higbee, who set single-season franchise records in receptions (69) and receiving yards (734) with a tight end in 2019. Higbee was also the first tight end since 1970 to record four straight games with seven or more receptions.
Phillips began his NFL coaching career with the Cowboys in 2007 as a quality control coach / offensive assistant, before serving as Dallas’ assistant offensive line coach (2011-12) and tight ends coach (2013). Phillips then spent four seasons with Washington as a tight-ends coach, overlapping with O’Connell in the 2017 and ’18 seasons.
O’Connell said during his inaugural press conference on Thursday that he plans to call offensive games during the 2022 season. The role Phillips will have in Minnesota is expected to be similar to that of O’Connell as offensive coordinator in Los Angeles in 2020 and ’21. While head coach Sean McVay served as the team’s playcaller, O’Connell helped build and develop the team’s game plan, which in Minnesota will reflect many of the concepts used in the Rams’ attack.
“We do a lot of things that are simple for us, but maybe a little harder for a defense to defend,” O’Connell said last week. “Simple as things that start out looking similar but are different … things that people have seen our offense do in LA, that they will definitely see our offense do here in Minnesota.”
Phillips is the son of former Rams defensive coordinator and longtime NFL head coach Wade Phillips and grandson of former Oilers and Saints coach Bum Phillips.
Wes Phillips was one of five coaches hired Monday. The others were: special teams coordinator Matt Daniels, defensive backs coach Daronte Jones, assistant specials teams coach Ben Kotwica and outside linebackers and pass rush specialist coach Mike Smith.
The Vikings had previously announced nine other additions to O’Connell’s staff: assistant head coach Mike Pettine, defensive coordinator Ed Donatell, defensive line coach Chris Rumph, quarterback coach Chris O’Hara, assistant quarterback coach Jerrod Johnson, tight end / passing game coordinator Brian Angelichio, offensive line lineman Chris Angelichio , assistant offensive line coach Justin Rascati and running backs / run game coordinator Curtis Modkins.