The defense of the Los Angeles Rams has intensified in the postseason, making Wade Phillips a lot of credit.
In the offseason, there was a lot of hype around the Los Angeles Rams to make a serious run in the Super Bowl, considering the talents they had to deal with on both sides of the game, especially in defense.
Shortly after being hired as the new Rams head coach in 2017, Sean McVay hired Wade Phillips as the team's new defensive coordinator after doing everything he could to help the Denver Broncos build a top defense league.
Phillips helped Los Angeles establish itself as one of the best defense facilities in the 2017 season. Aaron Donald's job was to work in the defensive line, which made his job a little easier.
Shortly before 2018, when the Rams in Ndamukong Suh, Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters added numerous talented players, it was easy to understand why the expectations of the unit were so high that they would return to this season as they are clearly one look stronger team.
Unfortunately, the situation in Los Angeles during the regular season was not exactly on the defensive side of football, especially when it came to stopping the race.
Between the opponents, who allow an average of 122.3 yards per game, with the defense generally giving away 24 points per game, it's easy to see why some concerns about the unit came in the playoffs.
However, Phillips' end-of-season adjustments to the start of the playoffs clearly worked out as they examined the impact of the Rams on the defense in impressive wins against the Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints.
One week after Ezekiel Elliott had been held at just 47 yards in 20 transfers, Los Angeles watched as Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara unified for just 46 yards on the floor during the NFC championship.
The next task for the Rams is now whether the defense can continue to play so well if it is most important against the New England Patriots with a Super Bowl title.
Just like the Cowboys and Saints, the Patriots are endowed with a wealth of talent that Tom Brady can work with, especially in the core game after seeing the season that Sony Michel and James White have tackled.
Fortunately for Phillips, the defensive coordinator still has some time left to prepare before February 3 to ensure that his unit is ready to compete against the Patriots' AFC Champions. With Phillips and the way that Los Angeles played in January known, there is no reason for concern as the defense should be ready again.