Phillips came out of nowhere to vie for a shot at the starting strong safety position, opposite Louis Delmas.
He earned it, C.C. Brown, and you know it!
Phillips was recovering from a torn Labrum (shoulder) surgery when the NFL combine was held. He decided to skip the Orange Bowl because he didn’t want to miss a shot in the NFL.
Phillips never received an invitation to the combine.
Phillips was an undrafted rookie free agent who, along with LB Matt Clapp failed his initial physical with the Lions. A couple of tough weeks later, he passed the physical and joined the team after the start of training camp.
Phillips wasted no time in becoming a force in the secondary. With the groin injury to Delmas, Phillips did not waste the opportunity to impress the coaches and fans. Watching him daily, I kept saying to myself “Who is this guy?”
Phillips is the real deal, fans. Book it.
I had a chance to speak at length with Lions defensive coordinator, Gunther Cunningham. The topic was Randy Phillips. Something came over gunner at the mention of Phillips’ name.
“He’s my man! He’s my man! I can’t believe our good fortune.”
“We had no interest in him after he failed his physical. He [Phillips] played for Tim Walton [Lions secondary coach] at Miami. Tim insisted that we give the kid another look. Tim was very persuasive.”
There are those in the media who point out that Phillips has had breakdowns, or has been mistake prone.
Not on my watch! Show me the proof of this!
Phillips may be underrated, but he’s no underachiever.