Staff Notes: Rams, Cards, Bengals, Pats

The Rams will bring in Wade Phillips‘ son to be part of their offensive staff. Wes Phillips will move from the nation’s capital to Los Angeles, with Alex Marvez of Sirius XM Radio reporting (on Twitter) the former Redskins tight ends coach will take over that position with the Rams. This move was rumored prior to Super Bowl LIII, and it will come to fruition. The father-son tandem has not been on the same staff since Wade’s days as Cowboys head coach. Wes Phillips’ move west will likely coincide with Rams tight ends coach Shane Waldron focusing on his duties as passing game coordinator and Jedd Fisch shifting to quarterbacks coach.

Here is the latest from the coaching carousel:

  • Elsewhere in the NFC West, the Cardinals continued to add new assistants. Kliff Kingsbury‘s staff will include Charlie Bullen as assistant linebackers coach and Peter Badovinac, Bob McManamon of the Arizona Republic notes. Bullen spent the past seven seasons with the Dolphins, serving as a defensive assistant throughout the Joe Philbin and Adam Gase tenures. Bullen and new Cardinals DC Vance Joseph worked together in 2016. Badnovinac will follow Kingsbury from the college ranks, moving to Arizona after stays at Missouri State and Ohio State. Badnovinac accepted a graduate assistant position at Oklahoma recently but will begin his first NFL job instead. The Cardinals also hired Spencer Whipple and Rob Grosso as quality control coaches.
  • While the Rams are hiring their defensive coordinator’s son, the Patriots are expected to add the son of former executive Mike Lombardi. Mick Lombardi is expected to be one of Bill Belichick‘s new hires, according to’s Mike Reiss (on Twitter). The Patriots employed the younger Lombardi from 2011-12; he served as the Jets’ assistant quarterbacks coach the past two seasons. New England just lost assistant QBs coach Jerry Schuplinski to Miami.
  • Steve Wilks received interest from teams aside from the Browns but scheduled the Cleveland summit first because that was his top choice, according to McManaman. The one-and-done Cardinals coach is now the Browns‘ DC, coming to Cleveland after receiving a substantial buyout from his four-year Cards contract.
  • The Bengals looked to the local high school ranks for a staffer, hiring Cincinnati Moeller head coach Doug Rosfield to become the assistant to Zac Taylor, per Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Rosfield spent 11 total seasons at Moeller. In between those stays, he worked as the University of Cincinnati’s director of player development for three years.
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  1. sufferfortribe

    When’s the last time someone said that Cleveland was their top choice?
    I’m happy he chose the Browns!

  2. captainchaos55

    When’s the last time a NFL team hired a high school coach? Might be the Sr guy on this staff. Good grief Bengals….wow

    • joeshmoe11

      Doug Pederson waves hello. How’s his career going so far? He went straight from HS to the Eagles.

    • joeshmoe11

      Doug Pederson waves hello. How’s his career going so far? He went straight from HS to the Eagles’ staff.

      • tank62

        Doug Pederson was slso a player in the league for over a decade but to answer the question
        Charlie Weis wentvright from High school coach to the Giants under Parcells

  3. dust44

    Moellar has a bunch of alums in the NFL. And a lot more played big time D1 college football. It’s also not uncommon for the big private catholic schools in the Cincy area to have coached poached by universities. Mick Cronin was LaSalle HS b-ball coach prior to being UCs Head b-ball coach.

  4. CoachWes2000

    Doug Rosfeld (not Rosfield) was hired to basically be new HC Zac Taylor’s assistant. He was given the title of Director of Coaching Operations. He will mostly be taking care of the administrative side of things for Taylor. Basically a secretary. In other words…there is no reason to negatively overreacted to the hire…

    • TJECK109

      It’s the first time in a long long time that the bengals have changed head coaches. Every new hire will be scrutinized.

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