Wes Phillips, the son of longtime NFL coach and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and grandson of former coach Bum Phillips, has been hired by the Washington Redskins as their tight end coach, the team announced Friday.
Phillips interviewed Thursday for the opening on coach Jay Gruden’s staff created when tight ends coach Sean McVay was promoted earlier this week to offensive coordinator. He spent 2013 in the same role with the Dallas Cowboys after four seasons as an offensive assistant.
Wade Phillips publicly announced his son’s hiring on Twitter shortly after noon on Friday, noting that it was a “great hire by [the] Redskins” and signing the message “from proud Dad.”
Wes Phillips was a quarterback at UTEP through 2001 and played two seasons in the AFL2, the arena football minor league. He then began his coaching career at West Texas A&M, coaching quarterbacks, before accepting the same job at Baylor in 2006, where he stayed for one year.
Gruden currently has three vacancies on his coaching staff and needs to hire a running backs coach, a quarterbacks coach and a wide receivers coach. He filled several other openings earlier this week.
The Redskins also announced defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and offensive coordinator Chris Foerster will return in those roles this season. Both coaches had been under contract with the team and were retained when former coach Mike Shanahan and several other assistants were fired on Dec. 30.