Breaking down the dominance of Broncos against former head coaches
Before he was the defensive coordinator that helped the Broncos win Super Bowl 50, Wade Phillips was the coach that replaced Dan Reeves in 1993. Phillips coached the Broncos for two seasons and went 16-16 with a playoff appearance.
He had multiple stops after that including being head coach of the Bills but the first time he was a head coach on the opposite sidelines of the Broncos didn’t come until 2009 when he was in that role for the Dallas Cowboys.
This was actually during McDaniels’ tenure as head coach of the Broncos and as part of Denver’s 6-0 start that year, they knocked off the Cowboys in Week 4, beating them 17-10.
Phillips would coach against the Broncos again in an interim role with the Houston Texans where he was filling in for Gary Kubiak who had some health issues that year.
Unfortunately for Phillips, he was on the other side of one of the best offenses the NFL has ever seen. The 2013 season was the season in which Peyton Manning set several passing records and in this game, he threw touchdown pass No. 51 on the season which set a new single-season record for touchdown passes.
The Broncos routed the Texans, 37-13.