Wade Phillips named to fix defense in San Diego

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San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - The San Diego made Wade Phillips their new defensive coordinator on Friday night. "Wade brings a wealth of experience in the National Football League," said head coach Marty Schottenheimer. "He's got a tremendously broad background in all aspects of the NFL. He has consistently produced defensive football teams that have been outstanding in producing big plays and sacking the quarterback. We're delighted he's going to be a part of the continued growth of the on defense."

Phillips, who will be looked upon to reconstruct one of the league's worst defenses, spent the last two seasons in Atlanta under the same title.

Before that, Phillips worked with Dan Reeves in Denver from 1989-92. Phillips ran the defense for the , and took over as head coach after Reeves was fired in 1992. Phillips also spent six years coaching in Buffalo, with two as the head man. He has a career coaching record of 45-35.

Phillips replaces Dale Lindsey, who coordinated the ' defense in 2002-03. The ' defense ranked 30th and 27th in overall defense in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Against the pass, the team ranked last in the NFL in 2002 and 21st in 2003.

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