NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the team will interview Wade Phillips this week, according to a source.
The son of legendary coach Bum Phillips has succeeded in every defensive coordinator position he's been in. From 1981-2013, Wade Phillips has manned five defenses, as either a DC or coach, that have ranked in the top three in yards allowed and 16 in the top 10, per Pro Football Reference. Only five of his defenses have finished the season ranked in the bottom quarter of the NFL. In his final three years in Houston, the Texans ranked seventh (2013), seventh (2012) and second (2011) in total defense.
Smith, the former Chargers general manager, has experience with Phillips from their days together in San Diego.
Phillip's son Wes is the tight ends coach on Gruden's staff.