Broncos bring back Phillips as defensive coordinator

Englewood, CO ( - The Denver Broncos have filled their vacant defensive coordinator position with a familiar face as they agreed to terms with Wade Phillips.

Phillips has ties both to new head coach Gary Kubiak and the Broncos. He served as Houston's defensive coordinator under Kubiak starting in 2011 and took over as interim head coach in 2013, his last post in the NFL.

In his first season with Houston, Phillips inherited the league's 30th-ranked defense and transformed it into a unit that finished second in total defense (285.7 ypg).

Phillips served as Denver's defensive coordinator from 1989-92 and then took over as head coach from 1993-94. He led a third-ranked defense to a Super Bowl appearance in 1989.

The 67-year-old was also the defensive coordinator for Buffalo (1995-97), Atlanta (2002-03) and San Diego (2004-06). He was also the Bills' vice president of football operations/head coach (1998-2000).

Phillips got his start under his father Bum Phillips, who was head coach of the Houston Oilers. He served as the Oilers' defensive line coach from 1977-80 linebackers coach in 1979.