Los Angeles Rams passing game coordinator/tight ends coach Wes Phillips remains a strong candidate to become the Vikings’ offensive coordinator, a source said Sunday.
A source last week told the Pioneer Press that Phillips was a possibility for the job. He is close to Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell, who will be named Minnesota’s head coach after the Rams face the Cincinnati Bengals in Sunday’s Super Bowl. The source also said last week that Phillips also could be a candidate to replace O’Connell with the Rams.
ESPN.com reported Sunday that Phillips “is expected” to be Minnesota’s “offensive coordinator or passing game coordinator” under O’Connell. A source said Sunday, though, that nothing is decided for offensive coordinator and there will be interviews this week.
The Vikings will need to comply with the Rooney Rule, which requires at least two external minority candidates to interviewed for each coordinator position. The Vikings have had no interviews that have been reported yet for offensive coordinator.
The Vikings last week committed to hire Ed Donatell as defensive coordinator. Prior to that, they also had multiple interviews with external diversity candidates.
Phillips, who turns 43 Thursday, is the son of former NFL coach Wade Phillips and grandson of legendary coach Bum Phillips. He has worked with O’Connell in four of the past five seasons. From 2017-18, Phillips was Washington’s tight ends coach and O’Connell was quarterbacks coach and then offensive coordinator. Phillips went to the Rams in 2019, and he has worked with O’Connell on the team in 2020 and 2021.
Phillips overall was with Washington from 2014-18. Current Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was with Washington from 2012-17.