John DeFilippo: Vikings in middle of QB process right now

AP

The Vikings have a new offensive coordinator in John DeFilippo and the chances are good that he’ll be working with a new quarterback after spending last season on the Eagles coaching staff.

The big question is whether that quarterback will also be new to the Vikings. Case Keenum and Sam Bradford are definitely free agents and Teddy Bridgewater is set to join them unless there’s an announcement that his contract tolled in 2017, which leaves a lot of possible routes for the team to take heading into the 2018 season.

When DeFilippo was hired, he said he’d have as much say in the decision as the Vikings wanted him to have. He’s voicing those opinions now that the Vikings have started to figure out which way they want to go.

“Right now we’re going to get it fixed, I know that,” DeFilippo said, via Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “It’s just a matter of choosing the right person to fit our culture and what we’re trying to do offensively. There’s no doubt that [General Manager] Rick Spielman, coach [MikeZimmer and myself will put our heads together and make the best decision that we think is the best for the Minnesota Vikings. That is the approach we’re going to take, and we’re in the middle of that process right now.”

DeFilippo didn’t hint at where things stand in that process as he talked about “being flexible” to whoever the Vikings wind up putting under center. He said Keenum “brings a lot to the table” and called Bradford, who he worked with in Philly, “the purest passer I have ever coached” while noting the long injury history that makes it tough for a team to put too many eggs in that basket.

26 responses to “John DeFilippo: Vikings in middle of QB process right now

  1. The Vikings offensive line needs big help. Keenum was under much pressure last year and it was his nimbleness that disguised to a degree the problem.

    Choose a QB that has that escapability and durability trait if you are not going to fix the line. To fix the line you can’t spend too big on free agency QB.

    If you want to win now and risk the future, empty the bank and go with Breese.

    Cousins is probably out because his cost will result in no offensive line help which would mean offensive woes.

    Keenum playing at last year’s level would be perfect but will he be able to do it? This is probably the best solution as long as the contract is short. Has the mobility and the cost savings (as compared to Breese or Cousins) will allow line help.

    If Bradford would take a 12 to 15 million salary, I’d sure be tempted to keep him and
    Bridgewater and use the money to solidify the offensive line and then hope between the two of them there is enough health in the knees to make a great run.

  2. Since it is the Minnesota Vikings we can all rest assured that whatever decision they make will be the wrong decision. 57 years years of futility and counting.

  3. “Get it fixed” is right. Keenum played his best ball and still only 22 TD passes. Was outdone by a few yards in a must-win week 16 game at GB BY BRETT HUNDLEY!!! Only out threw that rookie phenom (eye roll) Trubisky by a measly 11 yds. in wk. 17. He threw up a bone-headed INT vs the Saints that allowed them back in the game and was only saved by the biggest fluke play in FB history. He failed to avoid the pressure in Philly and threw a horrible pass into way too tight of coverage and gave them the pick they needed for momentum. He is pedestrian at best as a NFL QB. His receivers bailed his butt out with great catches too many times. Please don’t bring him back! Cousins is it. Sign him, draft a stud lineman and watch a passing game take off.

  4. atthemurph says:
    February 22, 2018 at 8:48 am
    Since it is the Minnesota Vikings we can all rest assured that whatever decision they make will be the wrong decision. 57 years years of futility and counting.
    —–
    And how many Powerball jackpots have you won?

  5. It will end up being Teddy Bridgewater. Zimmer loves the guy. His contract should be manageable which helps with all the contract extensions that are coming do on defense. If I was the GM there I would invest in a QB early in the draft. If one falls that you like move up and get him.

  6. As a Viking’s fan I trust Spielman, Zimmer and Flip to make a good decision. They will consider value and cost and determine what is best. I don’t envision us paying a ton of money for a QB that doesn’t pan out.

    Also, as a Viking’s fan, I’m quite confident that one of the QB’s that we DON’T sign will be a great QB for a different team.

    Kirk Cousins provides the most stability. He is the one available guy you can count on being a starter for the next 8 years. The other guys have bigger question marks, but a much smaller price tag.

  7. The Vikings are currently 60 million under the cap. Saying that if they get a QB they can’t do anything is pretty ridiculous. Yeah I know we have to think about Barr, Waynes, Kendricks, Diggs and Hunter but we should still be able to get a QB and find a way to keep most of these guys.

    Id say offer Cousins 25, get Josh Sitton, draft a rookie OT/G. We have Reiff, Sitton, Elflein, Remmers and Hill. With Easton, Isidora and bring in a rookie we are in pretty good shape.

  8. Keenum showed he can play decent football, with a good surrounding cast. Bridgewater had shown glimpses of being a decent QB but is walking on knees of glass. Bradford has a great arm but bad knees. Unless they break the bank for Cousins, it should be Keenums team headed into 2018.

  9. contra74 says:
    February 22, 2018 at 9:32 am
    And how many Powerball jackpots have you won?
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    It must be the Age of Enlightenment. Viking fans finally have a taste how difficult it is to reach a SuperBowl, much less win it. Does this indicate a newfound respect for the Packers?

  10. Since it is the Minnesota Vikings we can all rest assured that whatever decision they make will be the wrong decision. 57 years years of futility and counting.

    >>

    You really think Rodgers is going to fix everything and you’ll be back in the NFC Championship again next year don’t you?? I watched all the NFC playoff games and lot of Green Bay games before and after the entire broke their collarbone. You guys are years away from competing for a championship, its an entire roster thing and your team is pathetic minus one player. Good job beating the Browns in OT though.

  11. Honestly, what is the fascination with Teddy Bridgewater on this team? He genuinely seems like a good person, but nothing that I’ve seen before his injury led me to believe he was going to be a premier league talent. Now post-traumatic leg injury, it seems even less likely he’s viable as a starter. I wish him the best and I think he’ll catch on somewhere as a backup, but he’s just never been starter-caliber.

  12. hardheadedrb says:
    February 22, 2018 at 9:16 am

    “Get it fixed” is right. Keenum played his best ball and still only 22 TD passes. Was outdone by a few yards in a must-win week 16 game at GB BY BRETT HUNDLEY!!! Only out threw that rookie phenom (eye roll) Trubisky by a measly 11 yds. in wk. 17.
    ___________

    TD passes is the most meaningless stat in football. It’s all about opportunity and scheme. Who cares how you get the ball in the end zone as long as it gets in there? Drew Brees had 23 TD passes last year and was second in the league in passer rating.

    Similarly, who cares how many yards you pass for compared to the other QB in a particular game? When you’re up 16-0 or 23-10, you don’t need to pass as much as the guy who’s behind.

    I have plenty of criticisms of Keenum, but those are just meaningless.

  13. If loosing a future defensive player (Barr, Kendricks or Waynes) means we have a solid QB for the next 7 to 10 years then I’m all in. Go get Cousins! Enough of Teddy! I’ll take Case back any day over Teddy.

  14. I’m guessing DeFilippo is watching a lot of film of Teddy Bridgewater because Teddy is the only option that he hasn’t coached or coached against. What he’ll see is a very accurate and mobile passer who is at his best in the fourth quarter when behind by one score or less. He’ll also see a funky throwing motion that caused him to overthrow a lot of passes, but that appeared to be fixed before he got hurt. He’ll be able to see the throwing motion and if the mobility is still there by watching practice film from last year. Zimmer, Spielman, and the players are all on Teddy’s side so now we’ll see if the new OC gets on board.

  15. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 22, 2018 at 10:31 am

    I have plenty of criticisms of Keenum, but those are just meaningless.
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    Not meaningless at all. They are a relative measure of ones success or lack thereof. The games I reference also bring to point that, by years end, teams figured out to keep him in the pocket. He has a pop gun arm and won’t make tough throws deep over the middle.

    If Griffen ends the year with 4 sacks is that a good year? It’s just a stat and doesn’t tell the whole story, BUT…….

  16. You guys are years away from competing for a championship, its an entire roster thing and your team is pathetic minus one player.
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    You need to pay closer attention then when you watch packer games.

  17. hardheadedrb says:
    February 22, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 22, 2018 at 10:31 am

    I have plenty of criticisms of Keenum, but those are just meaningless.
    —————–

    Not meaningless at all. They are a relative measure of ones success or lack thereof. The games I reference also bring to point that, by years end, teams figured out to keep him in the pocket. He has a pop gun arm and won’t make tough throws deep over the middle.
    ___________

    I agree with the last two sentences but I don’t agree with judging a QB by how many yards passing he had in a particular game compared to the QB on the other side, especially when the QB you’re criticizing won the game.

    Hey, in Week 4, Mike Glennon had more yards passing than Aaron Rodgers in a 35-14 loss. I guess the Packers should be looking at moving on.

  18. Either Teddy & Sloter & Case once he figures out no one is going to give him # 1 money with a knee that is going to go.

    — or —-
    Kirk & Sloter & come old vet for # 2 until Sloter is ready for # 2

    Would perfer option # 1 === I have not seen Kirk command on the field what he is going to comman in $$$

  19. contra74 says:

    And how many Powerball jackpots have you won?

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    Zero, same as the number of titles the Minnesota franchise has won in 57 years.

    Or the same number of times the Vikings have made the right decision at the most important position in sports. They can’t get the right QB if even Brett Favre himself flew in on a private plane and took over the position!

    Oh wait he did, and they loved him for it, but he was never going to win a title in MN. He had already proven in GB he couldn’t do it in 2007. Why would he be any different in MN?

    They can pick any QB available right now, from the three they have and the draft and the FAs and MN will choose the wrong guy. They always do.

  20. If the Vikings are certain that Bridgewater’s knee has fully recovered, then I’m happy to go with him. He’s no worse than Keenum, and is still only 25 years old.

    People say that he hasn’t played in two years, but no one complains when a newly drafted QB doesn’t get any game time for the first few years of his career. Hell, Aaron Rodgers barely saw the field in his first three years in the NFL. Bridgewater should simply be installed into our new offensive scheme as you would with a rookie. Give him a one year deal at $6m, and renegotiate at the end of the season.

    If Bradford is willing to be the backup, then give him the same deal with bonus’ based on playing time should Bridgewater goes down.

    In the draft look to get a top Guard or Tackle, and look at free agency to plug in a 3 Technique next to Joseph.

  21. uncommon1 says:
    February 22, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Kirk Cousins provides the most stability. He is the one available guy you can count on being a starter for the next 8 years.

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    No wonder everybody wants him! He sounds invincible! Just hope you haven’t jinxed him! Lolz!

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