University of Houston alum and former Cougar linebacker Wade Phillips helped the Denver Broncos capture their third Super Bowl in team history last night. Phillips, in his capacity as the Broncos defensive coordinator, coaches the NFL’s #1 defense which shutdown NFL MVP Cam Newton and the Panthers 24-10.
While the critics will be quick to point to Newton’s failures, Broncos qb Peyton Manning similarly did nothing to help the Broncos win the game yesterday. Instead it was Phillips’ defense that stole the show and proved to doubters everywhere never pick against a team with such a good defense (this author included). Unemployed last season after he was let go by the Houston Texans after the 2014 season, Phillips proved in 2015 why he is one of the best defensive coaches in the NFL and after 40 years in the NFL he finally has a Super Bowl ring.
The Broncos also have another assistant with UH ties, offensive line coach Clancy Barone served as the Houston Cougars’ offensive line and offensive coordinator from 2000-02.
Congrats to coaches Phillips and Barone on their wins!
More on the game from ESPN here.