ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Popular Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is leaving the team and will be the new defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams, according to reports Thursday night.
Phillips, 69, will join the Los Angeles Rams, who hired the youngest coach in NFL history on Thursday, 30-year-old Sean McVay.
McVay was the offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins and replaces Jeff Fisher, who was fired 13 games into this season, and interim coach John Fassel.
Phillips has been coaching for 39 years and was the defensive mastermind who helped lead the Broncos to victory in Super Bowl 50 last season. His contract expired at the end of this season.
Defensive backs coach Joe Woods is expected to replace Phillips as defensive coordinator.
The Broncos introduced their new coach, Vance Joseph on Thursday. He replaces Gary Kubiak, who retired because of health reasons after two seasons.
Joseph was working to hire his new staff, with former Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy in the lead position to return to the team in the same position. McCoy was fired by the Chargers after this season.
McCoy was the Broncos' offensive coordinator for Josh McDaniels and John Fox before becoming coach of the Chargers.
The Broncos were 25th in points this season and Joseph said at his introductory news conference that he wants "an offense with swagger. I want an offense attacking. I want it uptempo," adding there will be an open competition in the offseason between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch to be the starting quarterback.
Numerous assistants will not be retained by the Broncos besides Phillips, including offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, line coach Clancy Barone and tight ends coach Brian Pariani.
Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis is also leaving, taking the same position with the Jacksonville Jaguars.