Vikings expected to hire John DeFilippo as OC


Vikings expected to hire John DeFilippo as OC

DeFilippo's contract originally ran through next Wednesday, but the Eagles granted him permission to meet with the Vikings on Thursday.

He got rave reviews for developing second-year quarterback Carson Wentz and for getting backup Nick Foles up to speed after Wentz went down December 10 with a season-ending knee injury. Balancing a duo of Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel, DeFilippo's system yielded an offense that passed for the fourth-most yards in franchise history (4,156) and had the second-best interception percentage in the league (2.0), despite going 3-13.

The Minnesota Vikings are expected to hire Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo to become their new offensive coordinator, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The game of Connect the Dots between the Eagles, Vikings and Giants just turned up in the Giants' favor. Otherwise, Minnesota would promote Stefanski to offensive coordinator, and Shurmur would turn to another option.

"It was obviously a special opportunity to work for [Vikings Head] Coach [Mike] Zimmer and learn from him and work for another great head coach in another opportunity for myself to call plays", DeFilippo said.

It's time to go to work (again).


The Giants reportedly have a lot of interest in Stefanski to be the offensive coordinator under new head coach Pat Shurmur with the Vikings being their main competition.

Instead DeFilippo, who was an offensive quality control coach for the Giants under Tom Coughlin in 2005-06, is headed to the team that the Eagles beat to win the NFC.

In 2009, he prepared Sanchez in his rookie season as much as he could and it resulted in the signal caller helping the New York Jets get all the way to the AFC Championship.

What's arguably his biggest accomplishment, however, was how he prepared Nick Foles to achieve success at the most critical juncture of the season.

Super Bowl brain drain underway in Philadelphia. In those two games, Foles completed 71 percent of his passes and threw six touchdowns against only one interception. "It's all game-specific drill work and he really does a nice job preparing the guys, the quarterbacks, during the week". It's even possible that Zimmer and Vikings general manager Rick Spielman brought DeFilippo on board so that hope for Bridgewater can become something more of a reality.

We'll be following all of this very closely in the coming weeks.



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