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Report: Rams could shake up coaching staff in wake of missing playoffs

Veteran defensive coordinator Wade Phillips could be on his way out after defense regressed in 2019.

Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips during the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.  Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams are expected to shake up their coaching staff in wake of missing the playoffs, including potentially firing defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, NFL.com’s Michael Silver reported.

The Rams lost on a last-second field goal to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, 34-31, eliminating L.A. from playoff contention. This is a season removed from reaching the Super Bowl, so obviously it’s a failed season for Sean McVay and Co. The Rams can finish 9-7 at best, currently sitting at 8-7 heading into Week 17. They were unable to overcome a tough division featuring the Niners improved overall play and the resurgence of Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.

Now, it appears Phillips could be on his way out, though it’s an interesting report. The Rams defense from a statistical standpoint was much worse last season, allowing 358.6 yards per game. This season the Rams only allowed 336.1 yards per game and 22.7 points, both in the upper half of the league. But L.A. did a poor job stopping the run and now it could cost Phillips his job. We’ve seen this before with Phillips, however, leaving the Dallas Cowboys head coaching spot for the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos, finding success at both stops. If he is let go, he’ll likely find a job pretty quickly.