“Having played for and against Wade Phillips, the first word that comes to my mind is respect. SON OF BUM is a great read about the Xs and Os from one of the greatest coaches in the league, as well as a loving tribute to the influence of family.”—Peyton Manning
In his memoir Son of Bum, decorated NFL coach Wade Phillips shows that the roots of his knowledge come from his father, Bum Phillips. A beloved character in NFL history, Bum taught Wade from the beginning that “coaching isn’t bitching,” as well as how to have perspective on the game during tough times. These are lessons that apply both on the field and off, and Wade has passed this wisdom down to his son, Wes Phillips, an NFL coach himself.
Known for his homespun, plain-talking ways, Wade is a groundbreaking coach who has long believed in using support and camaraderie—instead of punishment and anger—to inspire his players to be winners on and off the field. And though his defensive concepts are revolutionary, he would say they begin with common sense.
Son of Bum is more than one man’s memoir—it’s a story of family and football and a father who inspired his son.
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About the Author
Wade Phillips is an innovative football coach with a long and successful career in the NFL. As Defensive Coordinator, he helped the Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl in 2016 with a smothering and punishing defense, considered one of the best of all time. In thirty-four seasons as both a coordinator and a head coach, Wade’s defenses have finished in the NFL top ten in twenty-four of them. In 2015, the Associated Press voted him the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year. Wade is currently the Defensive Coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams.
Vic Carucci has covered the NFL as a writer and broadcaster for thirty-seven years. Vic covers the NFL for the Buffalo News and is a regular co-host for SiriusXM NFL Radio. He is a former columnist for NFL.com and NFL Network contributor. He has received multiple honors from The Associated Press and the Pro Football Writers of America. He is the author of nine previous books about pro football.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Baby Derby 1
Chapter 2 Coaching Isn't Bitching 19
Chapter 3 "If It's Third and a Mile, We Wont Give It to Him" 37
Chapter 4 Love Ya Blue 63
Chapter 5 Finding a Buddy and a New Defense 83
Chapter 6 The Music City Mistake 101
Chapter 7 With America's Team, it's Always Super Bowl or Bust 123
Chapter 8 "Hey, They Can't Kill You and Eat You" 143
Chapter 9 From Unemployment to the Super Bowl 169
Chapter 10 "The Mistakes Are Mine" 193
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great book about football and family. Insight on coaching and life of football. Great read.