Although, Wade Phillips has been run over twice in this calendar year while coaching from the sidelines, it doesn’t appear the long-time defensive coordinator will be moved upstairs to the coaches’ box.
“There are a lot of guys down there who can’t move very well, I can tell you that,’’ said Broncos’ head coach Gary Kubiak. “It really is scary sometimes. When you have turnovers, field position changes and gunners on the punt team, you have to really pay attention. Boy, he got caught pretty well. He has to move quicker.”
Phillips was watching his cornerback Bradley Roby take off on what would be a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown, a key play in the Broncos defeating the San Diego Chargers, 27-19 on Sunday.
Only Phillips didn’t see the end of the play. As Roby was running one way, San Diego running back Melvin Gordon was running a route the other and was shoved into the Broncos’ sideline by linebacker Von Miller. The unsuspecting Phillips wound up in the direct line of Gordon’s path. Bam!
“He just got the heck knocked out of him,’’ Kubiak said. “On the turnover the running back was chasing the ball and he ran through the sidelines and kind of caught Wade up high. It looked like the back of his head hit the ground pretty hard. It’s just a scary situation right there.’’
In his typical self-deprecating humor, Phillips tweeted out Monday: “They say it was a collision on the sideline, but actually I got run over.’’
Phillips was also bowled over by Pittsburgh receiver Martavis Bryant during an AFC playoff game in January. The coach was able to return in short order to coaching that time.
On Sunday, Phillips was rolled out on a backboard and to the hospital by ambulance. After checking out well, Phillips was released shortly after the Broncos put away the Chargers.
Phillips was back at the team’s UCHealth Training Center headquarters Monday game-planning for the Broncos’ huge game Sunday night at Oakland.
“He’s sitting in the back of the meeting just now and has a big smile on his face,’’ Kubiak said. “He’s sore, but he’s feeling good. He’s back at it. I’m trying to get him to go home and rest a little bit today, but he doesn’t want to do that. He’s good. He’s himself today."