Browns announce Phillips as new wide receivers coach

Joker Phillips has become the wide receivers coach for the Cleveland Browns. Most recently he coached the same position group for the Florida Gators.

The Cleveland Browns have announced that Joker Phillips has been hired to coach the wide receivers, replacing Mike McDaniel.

Phillips, 51, has 26 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level. The majority of that experience has been coaching the wide receiver position.

After a brief NFL career as a wide receiver, Phillips returned to the University of Kentucky where he played and became a graduate assistant in 1988. He worked his way up the coaching ladder and eventually became the offense coordinator and head coach in 2010, after brief stints at Cincinnati, Minnesota, Notre Dame and South Carolina coaching the wide receivers.

New offensive coordinator John DiFilippo worked with Phillips at Notre Dame. DiFilipo’s father Gene was the associate athletic director at Kentucky when Phillips was brought in as a graduate assistant.

"We always stayed in contact," Phillips said in a release from the team. "I wanted to come up here and help him and be with him again because he’s such a young knowledgeable coach.

"I’ve seen him work his magic with the different quarterbacks he’s worked with. I just felt like it was a good opportunity for me to get with the person I want to help and help be successful."

Phillips’ first year with the Browns will also be his first as a coach in the NFL.

"I’ve had a couple of opportunities in the past but I just thought at my age now, it was a great opportunity to come in with someone I was familiar with in John DeFilippo," Phillips said.

Most recently, Phillips was the wide receivers coach for the University of Florida. He resigned in June of 2014.