Wade Phillips says he’s hoping to be with Broncos in 2017

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips hopes he will remain with the team for the 2017 season.

Phillips tweeted that he is “still hoping to be with the Broncos” after Gary Kubiak retired as coach Monday.

Phillips also added some humor with another tweet, saying, “Coaches life — unemployed to SB victory to unemployed in 3 years or less.”

Broncos general manager John Elway said the search for a new coach will begin immediately, but that none of the current coaching staff will be considered.

Elway added the new coach will decide if Phillips will stay with the Broncos.

Phillips came to the Broncos when Kubiak was hired two years ago. He will no doubt be one of the hottest candidates for defensive coordinator positions around the NFL after his contract expired after Sunday’s win over the Oakland Raiders.

He was the mastermind behind the defense that helped the Broncos win Super Bowl 50 in February.

Phillips has held several defensive coordinator and interim coaching positions with teams around the league. He has also previously held coaching positions with the Broncos (1993-1994), the Buffalo Bills (1998-2000) and the Dallas Cowboys (2007-2010).