Report: Vikings to hire John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator

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The Vikings waited until after the Super Bowl to hire a new offensive coordinator for a reason. They ended up hiring someone who was working during the Super Bowl.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Vikings will hire Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo as the replacement for Pat Shurmur, who became the Giants head coach two weeks ago. The Vikings interviewed DeFilippo for the job on Thursday.

DeFilippo’s contract has expired, allowing him to take an assistant-coaching position with another team. He had interviewed for the head-coaching job in Arizona last month, and he had been linked to other vacancies.

The Eagles may end up losing both DeFilippo and offensive coordinator Frank Reich, who is a candidate to become the next coach of the Colts. Some believed that the Eagles hoped to keep DeFilippo as the offensive coordinator, if Reich were to leave.

In Minnesota, DeFilippo most likely will have the keys to the offense. In Philadelphia, DeFilippo would have been second fiddle on offense behind head coach and play caller Doug Pederson.

32 responses to “Report: Vikings to hire John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator

  1. Not sure how I feel about this. I kinda wanted Stefanski to stay as he knows the system, but with DeFilippo, if they can trade for Foles, then it might work out.

  2. So much that Eagles Dynasty everyone is talking about this week. They better get used to teams stealing all their coaches and players. Reminds me of when Seattle won it a few years ago.

  3. Going from two stud QB’s to that situation. Oof.

    Good luck Flip. Thanks for everything you’ve done for us. You’re forever etched in Eagles history!

  4. Very good hire by Vikings. Defilippo was to Foles what Shurmur was to Keenum.It definitely will give Vikings direction in what to do in picking a q.b. I would love to have some insight to stopping the RPO from defilippo as they killed Vikings with it.

  5. Was pretty obvious that he was the first choice. Several interviews for the position without a hire. Given the development of Wentz and the way Foles annihilated two of the of the league top defenses, he seems likes a good choices. Let’s hope so. His first job is to find a quarterback. Keenum seems like the most likely, really interested in Sloter though — maybe not this year, but down the road.

  6. Seems like a good hire overall. Unless they got a retread, it was going to be a position coach of some sort and he seems to know his stuff.

  7. Good luck to DeFilippo… he was prized by Pederson so I will assume for good reason.
    Thank you for your contributions to Philly!!!

  8. @funshipm174 says:

    Very good hire by Vikings. Defilippo was to Foles what Shurmur was to Keenum.It definitely will give Vikings direction in what to do in picking a q.b. I would love to have some insight to stopping the RPO from defilippo as they killed Vikings with it.
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    Sounds like Vikings need to trade for Foles…we’ll take 2 picks this time around!

  9. I’m surprised he didn’t wait to see if the Colts hired Frank Reich. That would have put him in line to be the Eagles OC. I would think that would be a better gig with Foles/Wentz than whatever the Vikings have planned at QB next year.

  10. trubroncfan07 says:
    February 8, 2018 at 8:39 pm
    So much that Eagles Dynasty everyone is talking about this week. They better get used to teams stealing all their coaches and players. Reminds me of when Seattle won it a few years ago.

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    Right, because the difference between being a SB champ and just another team is the QB coach, and Doug Pederson is totally incapable of winning football games without DeFilippo. Makes sense (not).

  11. funshipm174 says:
    February 8, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Very good hire by Vikings. Defilippo was to Foles what Shurmur was to Keenum.It definitely will give Vikings direction in what to do in picking a q.b. I would love to have some insight to stopping the RPO from defilippo as they killed Vikings with it.

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    Not entirely sure this was the case considering Shurmur as OC called plays and had pretty much complete autonomy over the offense, while DeFillipo neither called plays, nor coordinated for the Eagles. But he does seem to be a good developer of QB’s. We will see if his playcalling is up to chops. He didn’t have much to work with in Cleveland so it’s hard to judge him by that stint.

  12. If he has a good season as Offensive Coordinator he will move on to head coach somewhere in 2019.
    Hopefully next year ends the same way for him as it did this year!

  13. As long as they finish building the OL this year they can plug just about anyone in there at QB with Cook, Diggs, Thielen and Rudolph and be just fine. The one thing Shurmur did well was mix up the play calls. He wasn’t predicable like past OC’s in MN. Hope DeFillippo is as good.

  14. The no hire until your team is eliminated rule kind of worked against the Eagles here. If the Colts could have finalized their hire weeks ago, assuming McDaniels would have still backed out, the Eagles would at least know by now if Reich was going to be leaving for the Indy job and then they could have offered Defilippo the OC job in Philly. There is still the chance he’d choose Minnesota anyway since he’ll probably have more control and responsibility over the offense

  15. Huh, I thought he might wait to see what happens with Reich and the Colts. I also figured that, given all the other OC interviews, Zim wasn’t completely enamored with Stefanski as the OC even after coaching with him for the last 3 years. It will be interesting to see how this impacts the QB choice – who the hell knows how that decision will go now.

  16. If true I would be interested in what Eagles fans think of him as a coach? As far as this goes –

    chrisbr69 says:
    February 8, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Vikings love hiring Eagles coaches, Shurmer & Childress come to mind…good luck with that specially not having a set QB.
    )))))))))))))))
    I think the Vikings were smart to let the new OC help pick out the new QB he wants
    to work with. and Chilly was a bust but Shurmur was great so no luck needed.

  17. Very disappointed to lose him. No idea how much Reich has done with Philly, but Flip definitely comes off as a very smart guy. Through all of the interviews with Wentz at the draft, he really seemed to be at the head of the group.

  18. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    February 8, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Not sure why my fellow Vikings fans think trading for Foles is a good move.
    He has sucked everywhere except in Philadelphia. I wouldn’t give up more than a second round pick for Foles.
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    You completely contradicted yourself. Why would you give up anything for him? In my opinion, he’s Case Keenum with a ring.

  19. Great Hire! Now that Cousins has stated he would go to the Vikings “with a Bullet” this week, The Vikings will now have the QB who can keep the team on the field against quality teams. And Cousins has a Deep Ball that Keenum doesn’t have. Next seasons #1 Schedule will prove it.
    Time for the Vikings to go all the way, McKinnon will be gone, but some depth to the OL and Corners, with the new QB should do it. Time to open the purse strings and bring home the Lombardi to Minnesota.

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