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Rams Coordinator Search: Wade Phillips in, Anthony Lynn Out

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The Los Angeles Rams had a helluva day. After hiring Sean McVay to be their head coach, rumors immediately started swirling about the staff that the youngest coach in NFL history would assemble.

Stemming back to earlier this week when McVay had his second interview, Wade Phillips was being mentioned as his Defensive Coordinator of choice. Those rumors picked up steam throughout yesterday and culminated with Phillips signing with the Rams this evening after the McVay hire.

This is a huge sign for the Rams. Phillips has a great defensive mind and his extensive coaching experience. He has served as a head coach or interim head coach on six different occasions and will have a wealth of knowledge for McVay to draw from.

But with the good, you have to take the bad. Anthony Lynn - pegged to be McVay’s Offensive Coordinator of choice - will not be joining the Rams.

The Phillips signing softens this blow, but it’s a blow nonetheless. The Bills had led the league in rushing the past two seasons under Lynn. Pairing him and Todd Gurley with McVay would have been an ideal match. But even in LA, you can’t have everything.

While there is no clear plan B for McVay and the Rams at OC, I’d much rather miss on Lynn than on Phillips.