The big game has come and gone, and Super Bowl 50 will go down as a defensive battle much to the surprise of many. Much of the hype surrounding the Denver Broncos victory was the possible finale of Peyton Manning, who with all due respect was a manager in this game. Von Miller, a man who has previously earned an MCM title was named the game’s MVP and rightfully so. He forced two fumbles, including one that was recovered in the end zone by Malik Jackson. For this game and the way it was played however, we had to think about the bigger picture. That is why this week’s Man Crush Monday goes to Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips.

Wade Phillips
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Phillips came prepared to get under Cam Newton’s skin and did just that. Newton was hit 13 times by eight different defenders and sacked 7 times, while losing two fumbles and throwing one interception to T.J. Ward. He did not look comfortable at all during the game and finished with 265 yards passing. Decent yardage, except the Panthers weren’t able to do much with it, their only touchdown coming from a goal line leap from Jonathan Stewart. The Denver D seemed to take a page from the Giants scheme against Tom Brady in those two Super Bowl victories, and it worked.

The knock on Wade Phillips was always that he couldn’t get it done as a head coach, and unfortunately that will probably remain. His one playoff win was for my Dallas Cowboys and of course I wanted him to get more. When it comes down to it Phillips is just one of those coaches that is a better coordinator than a head coach, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Now he has a Super Bowl ring that can never be taken away. Bum would be proud.

Kevin McQuade covers the NFL for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @kmcquade9.

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