Vikings fire John DeFilippo

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John DeFilippo apparently was too worried about getting his next job to properly exercise the duties of his current job. And now it’s his former job.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Vikings have fired the first-year offensive coordinator, with three games left in the regular season.

The former Eagles quarterbacks coach, pegged by many in the media as a favorite for a head-coaching gig in 2019, had become the focal point of rampant criticism for his refusal to embrace the run, and for the overall ineffectiveness of the offense. Last night’s loss to the Seahawks became the low point for the 2017 NFC finalists. Now, two years after a Monday night debacle in Chicago resulted in the abrupt departure of former offensive coordinator Norv Turner, DeFilippo is out.

Per Rapoport, quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski will call the plays in DeFilippo’s absence. Given that coach Mike Zimmer delegates the entire offense to the coordinator, it would be prudent for Zimmer to be directly involved in a stretch run that consists of three de facto playoff games.

153 responses to “Vikings fire John DeFilippo

  1. Absolutely had to happen. His play calling was horrible. You put your team in a position to win, and he didn’t do that. The constant large group personnel and run into the middle for no gain on 3rd and short was ridiculous. Not getting the ball out quickly to Thielen, Diggs, Rudolph, Cook? Ridiculous. Not running a hurry up offense and getting plays in late? Ridiculous. Vikings are in the playoffs as of today. But moving backwards.

  2. I called it before halftime last night. Something had to be done. People around here saw the Gophers fire their defensive coordinator with three games left because they were giving up huge amounts of points and yardage. It was embarrassing. The next game they beat Purdue 41-10 and later they beat Wisconsin. Sometimes a guy just isn’t working right with the team and making a change can shake things up.

  3. Had to be done. When you can run well but simply don’t bother doing it, not even in short yardage, after weeks of your boss telling you to run more, you shouldn’t keep your job. That offense has too much talent to be so inept. That’s on the OC.

  4. Needed to be done. Offense looks pathetic, and for better or worse Cousins isn’t going anywhere. Zim has wanted to be more of a running team all year and Flip has the Vikings running less than any other team. Only way that blatant insubordination can fly is if its working.

  5. Zimmer has now fired offensive coordinators Norv Turner and Flip during seasons. Stefanski seems well regarded within the organization and he better work out because it will be tough for the Vikings to attract a coveted OC given Zim’s growing rep for having a short hook with his play callers.

  6. I knew this headline would come at some point during the day today. After last night’s disgraceful performance, it was only a matter of time. That sound you hear is Viking’s fans rejoicing..

    Now pick up the pieces and try to salvage the season.

  7. the offence has looked good in exactly two games this year, and is getting worse as the season progresses. It was a top 5 offence last year with Keenum as QB. Personally think Cousins is worse than Keenum, but neither is good. There is tons of talent to score points. He’s been a disaster as OC.

    Perfect for the Packers HC in my opinion.

  8. Win Just One for Tony says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    They fired the wrong guy. But, I guess you can’t fire the guy you just gave $84 million guaranteed.
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    You going to also “fire” 5 offensive linemen? Give us a reason why Flip should have stayed. Tell us what should have changed going into these final 3 weeks. They are sitting here today, in the playoffs, but with the offense playing worse.

  9. tinye67 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:13 pm
    Has Zimmer fired 2 OCs mid-season in 3 seasons?? That can’t be good.
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    And his other one got promoted to head coach. If a guy needs to be fired, he needs to be fired. That’s the way it is.

  10. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:12 pm
    Who is going to call plays? Zimmer? Ha ha ha ha ha

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    DeFilippo coming your way, Gerby. Perfect fit for the Pack.

  11. I heard the news from Matt Birk while he was filling in for PA on the radio. Coincidentally, Birk played for the 2012 Ravens, who fired their offensive coordinator with three games left in the season. This came after a loss to the Redskins, in which RGIII was replaced by Kirk Cousins. So this is the second offensive coordinator Cousins has gotten fired.

    The Ravens went on to win the Super Bowl that year. I’m not saying the Vikings are necessarily destined to win the Super Bowl this year now. Just that it will probably happen.

    Kidding. I kid.

  12. JDF came in with a below average o-line and a qb with no mobility. He seemed doomed from the start. Not sure about his qualifications to run and offense, but he is definitely taking the fall for the Cousins decision made by Zim and Rick.

  13. Well, well, well…. I heard and read a lot of Vikings fans calling Aaron Rodgers a coach killer because the Packers fired Mike McCarthy.
    Well, Vikings fans, what do you have to say about your mediocre-at-best Kirk Cousins now? He got his offensive coordinator fired, using your analysis of the Packers scenario.
    Now here’s one you can chew on — wouldn’t it be funny if Zimmer gets fired at the end of the season and your Vikings hire Mike McCarthy as their head coach? I’d love to see that! If you think Zimmer is a bad coach, wait til you see McCarthy in action without a Hall Of Fame caliber QB winning games for him?????
    And for us Packers fans, it would be awesome for Rogers to go into Minny and beat the Vikings with Mike McCarthy as their head coach! Boy oh boy, this is getting more interesting every day!!

  14. This was done as a courtesy so he could pursue a head coaching job. There are many many teams that have been trying to get his services, he is a highly sought after coach. With his pedigree and track record, obviously Green Bay High School will be his first choice. Although he may choose Green Bay Middle School.

  15. Interesting how Pete Carroll can tell his OC we are going to run the ball and they do, but Zimmer didnt have same results with his OC… thinking maybe Pete spent a little more time with his OC game planning than Zimmer… Also a couple plays that caused that loss, the pick six when Kendricks falls down and the no call on the block FG…..

  16. Might want to keep the firings coming:

    Kirk Cousin Career Stats

    Record In Primetime Games: 5-13🙈

    Record vs Winning Teams: 4-24 🙈

    Record vs Winning Teams This Year: 0-5 🙈

    Career Road Record: 12-23-2 🙈

    Career Record On Monday Night Football: 0-7

    -Source USATODAY TouchdownWire.com

  17. Had to happen. I like Zimmer but the pressure has to be on him now, his defense is good but hes the boss and there seems to be too nuch dysfunction.

  18. It baffled me why the Vikings always gave up on the run so early. The one thing Cousins did EXTREMELY well in D.C. was executing the play action pass. You have to be committed to the running game for that to work.

  19. Memo to the Vikings: Brad Childress and Brett Favre are still available. They’d be a big upgrade over what you have now…. Just saying.

  20. Zimmer must be devestated by his own inability to coach his coaches. To suggest that he turns the offense over to his oc isn’t being a head coach. How can he fire someone who is coaching a part of the team that Zimmer has admittedly divorced himself. Weak effort to deflect responsibility.

  21. dawoger says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:15 pm
    Yeah but but but the minisoda tools have their 1.2 billion dollar monument to their stupidity to brag about.
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    Every game sells out. It’s a beautiful place to see the game. And it brings in a ton of profit. None of which has anything to do with this article. Would you like to comment on the actual article?

  22. Win Just One for Tony says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    They fired the wrong guy. But, I guess you can’t fire the guy you just gave $84 million guaranteed.

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    Wow. I didn’t realize Zimmer was making that kind of bank.

  23. My boss told me to get to work on time, I didn’t listen. He said to work harder when I am here, I didn’t listen. I got fired, I don’t get it.

  24. tinye67 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Has Zimmer fired 2 OCs mid-season in 3 seasons?? That can’t be good.

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    Norv quit. Zimmer didn’t fire him. Shurmer got a head-coaching job. Defilippo is the only one Zimmer has fired.

  25. mnmouth says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:18 pm
    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:12 pm
    Who is going to call plays? Zimmer? Ha ha ha ha ha

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    DeFilippo coming your way, Gerby. Perfect fit for the Pack.

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    I doubt it, but given minny’s inability to evaluate talent, who knows, he’ll probably be great if if has a competent cast of characters around him. He did pretty well in Philly. It’s almost like Everything Minnesota Touches Dies.

  26. Unless the next offensive coordinator can block, it’s not going to make that much difference. Cousins is getting battered every week. I saw the Vikings get stopped twice on fourth down yesterday.

  27. If you cant get it going with diggs, cooks, murry, thilan something’s wrong. Vikings should be super bowl contenders.

  28. In hindsight, perhaps their best choice was in the building all along? We’ll soon find out. I was excited for Flip when they hired him, but it is clear he is not ready yet. Now, Preifer needs to go next. ST units keep getting worse. He ruins every K that comes along, he puts a punter at holder this year when said Punter has never done it. We have had multiple punts blocked, FG’s blocked, XP’s blocked all since last Nov. He selects Mr. Fair catch as his punt returner, and when is the last time the Vikes blocked a punt/FG or executed a great fake punt or FG? He isn’t coaching anything or anyone, but he’s on the staff.

  29. jjpmn says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:14 pm
    Zimmer has now fired offensive coordinators Norv Turner and Flip during seasons. Stefanski seems well regarded within the organization and he better work out because it will be tough for the Vikings to attract a coveted OC given Zim’s growing rep for having a short hook with his play callers.
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    Short hook? 13 weeks of telling Flip to call more run plays? Lowest run percentage in NFL? OC blatantly not getting the job done? The OC job in Minnesota will absolutely be a coveted spot for a promotion.

  30. Not saying he was good, but I am also not saying that he is the reason for the Vikings offense. They. Just. Aren’t. That. Good. And it starts with Kirk Cousins.

  31. The Vikings can’t fire Kirk Cousins! $84 M Guaranteed! Blame DeFilippo for a weak arm overpaid QB that has choked in every big game and has never been better than a .500 QB. Kirk has ruined any chance of DeFilippo ever being a head coach in the NFL… Everybody gets blamed but Kirk! It’s always someone else’s fault with Kirk Cousins…

  32. Alot of it falls on the GM too. Last year, with a mobile quarterback (Keenum) there was plenty of cover for a weak ass offensive line. The GM then signs a pocket passer, apparently without it dawning on him that a stout offensive line is an absolute requirement. I guess the Sam Bradford pocket passer lesson was lost on him. So the Vikes have good skill players on offense (receivers and running backs) and a good defense, and are saddled with Cousins for 3 more years…. I hope it dawns on the GM that maybe, just maybe, in the offseason they should focus on a huge upgrade on the offensive line..even if they have to let Barr walk over contract dollars.

  33. Good riddance – he was terrible

    How many 3rd and inches did he dial up play action plays for a sack instead of a QB sneak or dive?

    Well, he is now a Vikings castoff which makes him perfect for the HC gig in Green Bay

  34. This firing is about more than the lack of offensive production. Numerous times last night receivers were open but Cousins didn’t see them and dumped it off or threw into coverage. Flip called plays that beat Seattles coverages but Cousins didn’t deliver it to the open guys.

    Flip needed to go but his play calling isn’t the only issue. This Offense stinks and he’s the OC so he needed to go

  35. The offense has been out of sync all season. Even when they had some good games, it was one-dimensional, and it always seemed like it was a huge effort to score even when they were picking up a lot of yardage. Teams scout you as the season goes on and start to take away what you do well. DeFillipo couldn’t come up with a counter to the way teams were playing them now, and that’s why he’s gone.

  36. 4th different coordinator calling plays for the Vikings since 2016. Can you say dumpster fire? Can you say that maybe Zimmer is the problem and rather than him scapegoating people he should be shown the door?

    Zygi Wilf needs to step in and fire both Spielman and Zimmer and then find a GM to gut this awful roster. Letting Zimmer keep blaming OC’s will get us no where.

    Vikings fans that think this will save us are delusional. This is NOT A PLAYOFF CALIBER TEAM. WE STINK! WAKE UP!

  37. conormacleod says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:16 pm
    Win Just One for Tony says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    They fired the wrong guy. But, I guess you can’t fire the guy you just gave $84 million guaranteed.
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    You going to also “fire” 5 offensive linemen? Give us a reason why Flip should have stayed. Tell us what should have changed going into these final 3 weeks. They are sitting here today, in the playoffs, but with the offense playing worse.

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    No, but fire the guy who paid $84M for Kirk when they could have signed Case for a fraction of that and then shored up the offensive line. How many open WRs did Flip miss last night? None. How many did Kirk miss? At least 4 (inc. Thielen in the end zone). Who leads the league in QB fumbles? Flip? No, Kirk.

  38. Whoever hired DeFilippo should be fired. He was a mistake, never had any input in Philly, strictly a waterboy, a QB babysitter. Stefanski should have been given the job to begin with.
    Shurmur covered up a world of shortcomings, ineptitude and piss poor O line talent. If any team is dumb enough to hire this guy as more than a QB coach, they deserve what’ll come of his nonexistent leadership, lack of creativity and deer in the headlights sidelines appearance.

  39. This league and its fans always blame the coach. Maybe don’t overpay for a QB that has NEVER beat a winning team and you might get better results.

  40. Good riddance. Terrible play caller. Understand a new gig but man, you got to run the ball. Hope stefanski can turn the boat around. I for sure if availability is around, wouldn’t mind seeing McCarthy or Todd Haley as new OC

  41. fired da wong guy…Slik Rik heada shoulda rolled…ignored the line and signed Cousins 4 a ton… yikes are cash strapped now with no hope

  42. Here’s my 2-cents: I totally agree this was the right move at the right time. Offense has been average at best throughout the course of the season. Terrible past 3-4 games. OC in capable of of calling a good game. Very predictable. No misdirection. I see plays against the Vikings that I’m thinking what a great call; very good imagination to call those plays. We have NONE of that. Very stagnant and boring. He came from the team that used misdirection and screens all the time that worked even when other teams knew it was coming. Not all his fault. OL=horrible. Cousins not his fault albeit he should be better. Not concerned at this point we over-payed. Going rate for QB so take good with the bad. Keemun no better but certainly cheaper. Me personally still ok with the signing of Cousins. However, he’s got happy feet and that’s not going away anytime soon if at all rest of the season. He’s like a SS in baseball that got a bad hop and hit’m in the mouth. Gun shy rest of season taking grounders/pulling the head last second. But this had to be done to salvage anything that even salvageable rest of the season.

  43. DeFilippo isn’t the only one responsible for the Vikings issues this season. While his playcalling has certainly been subpar, it doesn’t change the fact that the Vikings are not built to run the ball. Cook and Murray are not talented enough to cover up the fact that the Vikings haven’t had a decent O-Line for a number of years now.

  44. Started out strong in the first half of the season but eventually his play-calling, schemes and concepts became stale. Defenses have obviously caught on and have been identifying almost every play call. Even Bobby Wagner said as much last night after the game. A change had to be made. Wish him well, but he wasn’t a good fit with what Zimmer wants to do.

  45. nyneal says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Well, well, well…. I heard and read a lot of Vikings fans calling Aaron Rodgers a coach killer because the Packers fired Mike McCarthy.
    Well, Vikings fans, what do you have to say about your mediocre-at-best Kirk Cousins now? He got his offensive coordinator fired, using your analysis of the Packers scenario.
    Now here’s one you can chew on — wouldn’t it be funny if Zimmer gets fired at the end of the season and your Vikings hire Mike McCarthy as their head coach? I’d love to see that! If you think Zimmer is a bad coach, wait til you see McCarthy in action without a Hall Of Fame caliber QB winning games for him?????
    And for us Packers fans, it would be awesome for Rogers to go into Minny and beat the Vikings with Mike McCarthy as their head coach! Boy oh boy, this is getting more interesting every day!!
    ________

    That’s a nice little scenario you dreamed up to entertain yourself. The Vikings already know that McCarthy can’t coach without a HOF QB, because they’ve seen it. The whole world has seen it. The last ones to catch on were the Green Bay fans and front office. There’s a better chance the Packers will hire DeFilippo than the Vikings will hire McCarthy.

  46. Easton getting hurt 2 seasons in a row and Remmers playing guard have as much to do with the failures on offense as Defillipo. Move Remmers back to right tackle. Reiff is also out of position. Do that and it will fix th Oline problems. After the reshuffle of the Oline in the playoffs vs the Saints last year the Vikings have lost 7 games out of 14. Obviously the reshuffle didn’t work!

    Cousins can’t complete passes if he’s getting knocked in the skull 1 second later and the receivers trying to run a play designed for miss matches. Doesn’t work if the QB is destroyed.
    DeFillipo didn’t call plays to suit his teams strengths but more to create awesome plays designed to create defensive pressure.

    The 3 people that should’ve been fired quite honestly are the special teams coach, the Oline coach and Zimmer for not firing them too but for hiring them in the first place. Also for paying attention mostly to the defense in recent drafts. How many CB’s are you going to draft when the #1 need was Oline. The fact that Spielman did not address the problem with the Oline via draft or free agency should also be the reason for his departure at the end of the year.

    Unless they figure it out. This is the Vikings though, so they won’t.

  47. The incompetence starts with the Wilfs. This team performs poorly from the top down – ownership, GM, head coach/defensive coordinator, offensive coordinator, quarterback, offensive line and overrated defense. In every “must win” game the vikings are out coached and outplayed. The firing of an offensive coordinator will not save this team, it certainly will not fix all that is wrong with it. God I hate the curse of being a Vikings fan.

  48. Skol to Kevin Stefanski who should have gotten the job to start with ZIM !!
    Bringing in a Flippen Eagle QB coach was Stupid. Show the world what all the players already knew we had and have! Kev you earned it! Now Finish The Job! SKOL!

  49. Fantastic news. Last night was about as bad a playcall exhibition as I’ve seen. The Vikings have too many weapons to have the last 2 weeks happen. One correction though, it isn’t that DeFilippo merely failed to embrace the run, he completely sucked at scheming run plays when he did it. I actually didn’t want the Vikes to run more, because his run calls were garbage and Cook wasn’t doing much whenever we did. Cook up the middle, over and over and over for no gain or loss of yards. Who cares if you have a balanced attack if your OC can’t call a dynamic rushing game? Every time he did try to run, here we are…3rd and long. And now with the tires coming off the passing game…dude had to go.

  50. Win Just One for Tony says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    No, but fire the guy who paid $84M for Kirk when they could have signed Case for a fraction of that and then shored up the offensive line. How many open WRs did Flip miss last night? None. How many did Kirk miss? At least 4 (inc. Thielen in the end zone). Who leads the league in QB fumbles? Flip? No, Kirk.
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    The case for Case is just weak. He signed for $18 mil in Denver, and he is 6-6 over there. The Vikings analyzed his strengths and weaknesses, and determined it wasn’t the way to go. Nobody knows if it was a fluke last year, but I don’t think 13-3 was sustainable with Case. And when you have 7 step drops for Cousins with a rush all over you, you tend to not have the time to hit WR’s, and you tend to get sacked and fumble. The OC needs to put your team in a position to win. Flip wasn’t doing that. It was an easy decision today.

  51. So this is the offensive guru that everyone was talking is going to get a HCs job soon?

    >>>I’m just not seeing it!

    And I’m not seeing where Cook is that good of a RB either, it sure doesn’t look like he was worth that high draft pick that the Vikes spent to get him.

  52. vikings111 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Vikings fans that think this will save us are delusional. This is NOT A PLAYOFF CALIBER TEAM. WE STINK! WAKE UP!
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    You all do realize this clown is a Packers fan, right?

    “This is not a playoff caliber team”.

    Me: (Checks standings, sees that Vikings are 6th seed). Tell me more of your wisdom Mr. Packer Fan…

  53. The team hadn’t even had time to review whether or not the play calling was the issue and they fire the OC? Seems the seed was planted a while ago. Interesting that Zimmer had a mutiny by his defensive backs a couple of years ago and now had to fire his OC for personal conflict. It certainly appears that Zimmer is the problem and that everyone else becomes the fall guy. John Harbaugh 2.0

  54. Lots of assumptions in this article. Like saying he was more concerned about his next job than carrying out the duties of his current job. You don’t know that, and it sure wasn’t evident when he was working with the Eagles last year Also, the nonsense about having total freedom to run the offense is BS.Zimmer runs through OCs the way most people run through toilet paper, so I’m thinking it’s more likely DeFlip spent the week trying to merge Zimmer’s vision of a running type offense with “Darvon” as his primary back and the mistake prone Cousins as his QB, with what he wanted to do and ended up with nothing. Now that Zimmer fired him, there won’t be anyone left to blame if the Vikes finish behind Philly or Carolina for the last playoff spot except Zimmer and I hope the GM pulls the trigger.

  55. The Seahawks are wrecking teams, losing to the Seahawks is so humiliating to opposing teams that they feel that somebody must be fired. Vikings fire John DeFilippo following loss to Seahawks, just eight days after the Packers fired Mike McCarthy and the Panthers let go of some assistants after facing Seattle, and Detroit fired special teams coach eight days or so after the “Big Balls” play. Hahaha

  56. vikesfansteve says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    The 3 people that should’ve been fired quite honestly are the special teams coach, the Oline coach and Zimmer for not firing them too but for hiring them in the first place.
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    Agree with a lot of your post, but not necessarily this little blurb. Are you saying Zim should have been fired today? Or fired in the off season? The defense is not overrated. They are actually very highly rated because the defense is what is keeping this team in the playoffs. Firing Zim today would be to fire the defensive coordinator, which is the strength of this team. Firing Flip today was the only logical choice as of today. You’re still in the playoffs, but a change had to happen.

  57. drbob117 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 1:07 pm
    Lots of assumptions in this article.
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    A lot of blather from you that made it sound like you wanted Zim fired today instead. Flip simply didn’t get the job done. Unless you’re his brother, then there really isn’t much of a defense of him.

  58. tomnickle says:
    December 11, 2018 at 1:07 pm
    The team hadn’t even had time to review whether or not the play calling was the issue and they fire the OC?
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    You’re joking, right? They have had weeks to evaluate the fact that the offense is regressing. And last night, live and in person, was painfully obvious that the play calling and game plan was horrendous.

  59. DeFilippo had to game plan to the Vikings strengths and weaknesses! The Vikings haven’t had a good running game since AP was cut. People forget that Washington could not run the football with Kirk Cousins because teams dare Kirk to beat them that why the Giants and Cowboys always had Kirk Cousins number. Kirk doesn’t know how to set the OL in blitz situations and he can’t handle pressure in his face because he is a clean pocket QB. Even with the Vikings good defense, this team will never be better than a .500 team with Kirk Cousins. Before Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury he had an even worst OL and he took the Vikings to the playoffs. Kirk Cousins is not a difference maker things have to be perfect for him to succeed and the teams he plays against have to be .500 or worst. Vikings should have kept Case and upgraded their OL instead breaking the bank on .500 winning % QB that has never played big time football his whole career.

  60. conormacleod says:
    December 11, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    drbob117 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 1:07 pm
    Lots of assumptions in this article.
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    A lot of blather from you that made it sound like you wanted Zim fired today instead. Flip simply didn’t get the job done. Unless you’re his brother, then there really isn’t much of a defense of him.

    Please show me where Zim has got the job done – I seem to have missed it.

  61. conormacleod says:
    December 11, 2018 at 1:06 pm
    vikings111 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Vikings fans that think this will save us are delusional. This is NOT A PLAYOFF CALIBER TEAM. WE STINK! WAKE UP!
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    You all do realize this clown is a Packers fan, right?

    “This is not a playoff caliber team”.

    Me: (Checks standings, sees that Vikings are 6th seed). Tell me more of your wisdom Mr. Packer Fan…

    \\\\\\

    Or you could back out of the playoffs by continuing to play this poor, (par for the course for Kurt) end up firing your coach at the end of the season instead of watching him fail for two more years, and then watch Kurt float out of here in year two with new coaching staff.

    Anyone sticking up for Zim right now does not see what he is. A coordinator that cannot lead a team. Every time the Vikings get in the big moment, one element of the team implodes and loses the game. You can’t blame the season all on the offense. There were times when the defense gets blown out and looks completely lost, and times where your ST blew the game.

    All on the HEAD coach, I would clean house after this year and not try and salvage this group.

    Or Zim could back the Vikings into the playoffs and you get 1-2 more years of this….

  62. Interesting. Team has talent, can they use it? Thielen would have fit in on The Greatest Show on Turf, just throw shuttle passes to him all day. Diggs has some Larry Fitzgerald in him, throw the ball up and let him go after it. Treadwell hasn’t been the same since he broke his leg, maybe he gets some confidence with a new guy. Cook should be used like Terrell Davis, he has the speed to hit the hole like that.

  63. Another rat “ordered off” the sinking ship.

    Nothing is going to change so long as Spielman and Zimmer are calling the shots.

    Either the Wilfs grow a pair or we can all just get used to irrelevancy.

    Beating the Pack may be enough for the goobs but we’re only a season or two from the cellar and saddled with idiots at the top.

    CLEAN HOUSE!!

  64. While I understand the firing of Flip, I’m not sure it works.
    It might shake up the play calling for the rest of the year, but the real problem is that $84 million dollar thief called a QB. Bradford did the same thing.

    Spielman can’t find a decent QB for the life of him.

  65. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:25 pm
    It’s almost like Everything Minnesota Touches Dies.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    When Minnesota comes to give you a holiday hug, please complete the embrace.

  66. Flip will be fine and I’d hire him today. He leaned on an AVERAGE QB to run his system. Cousins isn’t that good. So blame the play calling all you wish…the real mistake was backing up the Brinks truck for a guy who is so immobile he has birds landing on him back there in the pocket. Some guys have “it” others are…well, you know. Cousins should be next.

  67. gtodriver says:
    December 11, 2018 at 1:10 pm
    packertruth says:

    RODGERS doesn’t work well with others.
    ###

    Fixed that for you.

    \\\\\\

    You don’t have to bring Rodgers into this.

    Your dumpster fire doesn’t need anymore fuel.

  68. Embarrassing. Two guys that failed at life using several screen names all day, everyday. THEY DO NOT REPRESENT THE ACTUAL VIKINGS FAN BASE!

    They are nobodies in the world and looking for attention. So sad. Pray for them.

    Skol,Vikings!

  69. A lot crazy comments here that are not based on anything but opinion. The Wilfs have shown themselves to be engaged and great owners. Spielman has drafted & signed quality players across the board. Zimmer at least is willing to give people a chance before he moves on. After last weeks 7 yards a carry with less than 20 Carrie’s for Cook, this OC could easily have been fired before last night. By the way, the Panthers have lost 5 straight and the play calling in the red zone by Turner has not played to Newton’s strengths.

  70. Packer fans trolling the Vikings is priceless. Meanwhile for the second straight year the Packers and their $134 million QB will be home watching the playoffs with their families. Well most of them will anyway..others will be making bad State Farm commercials.

  71. DeFilippo got too cute with the offense when a simple run into the end zone would get you some points. These new age offensive guys don’t play situational football. Good riddance!

  72. vikesfansteve says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Easton getting hurt 2 seasons in a row and Remmers playing guard have as much to do with the failures on offense as Defillipo. Move Remmers back to right tackle. Reiff is also out of position. Do that and it will fix th Oline problems.

    How many CB’s are you going to draft when the #1 need was Oline. The fact that Spielman did not address the problem with the Oline via draft or free agency should also be the reason for his departure at the end of the year.
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    I’m curious where you’d like them to move Reiff? He’s been a left tackle his entire career except for one year when he played right tackle, and that was his worst year. You want Remmers at right tackle, so where do you want Reiff? Apparently, you think his best position is guard, but he’s never played guard.

    I’d also like to point out that Spielman drafted an offensive tackle in the second round and he became the starting right tackle. He’s done very well, but you want him benched so Remmers can be moved to right tackle. Remmers will be gone next year so I guess I’d prefer developing the promising rookie.

    I’m also wondering if you thought they had plenty of corners last week when they were playing Holton Hill and Marcus Sherels against the Patriots? If Mike Hughes hadn’t torn his ACL, he would be coming in real handy right about now.

  73. conormacleod: Nope, never met him, all I know about him is that he was the QB coach of the team I root for, the Eagles, last year. I don’t have a problem with the idea of firing an OC when the offense stinks. My issue was that Florio made two assumptions that were unfair, one of which assumed that the guy spent his work time thinking about getting other positions, which is something sports talk writers write about whenever a team that wins has assistant coaches that are thought to have something to do with it. This year, I imagine we’re going to hear plenty about the OCs of the Chiefs, Rams and Saints. But that doesn’t mean those coaches spend any of their time looking ahead, it just means people are writing/ talking about them. I also called BS on the autonomy thing because Zimmer, like most defense oriented coaches, wants a running, time of possession type O, and because he has gone through a few OCs now. Like the guy that posted after me, I don’t see how you figure Zimmer has done a good job. But as an Eagles fan, I am rooting for him to keep his job for at least three more weeks.

  74. The “best young, offensive-minded coach in the game” has been fired by the “best head coach in the NFL” for failing to capitalize on the “best quarterback ever to reach unrestricted free agency?”

    Say it ain’t so.

  75. atwaterslaughter says:

    Flip will be fine and I’d hire him today. He leaned on an AVERAGE QB to run his system. Cousins isn’t that good. So blame the play calling all you wish…the real mistake was backing up the Brinks truck for a guy who is so immobile he has birds landing on him back there in the pocket. Some guys have “it” others are…well, you know. Cousins should be next.

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    What should come next is some fact checking. Philly’s ‘system’ last year belonged to OC Frank Reich, now the head coach of the Colts. Defilippo was the QB coach.

  76. Once every generation, the Vikings teach the rest of the of league something important. First it was: Don’t trade 20 1st and 2nd round picks for a running back. Now it’s: Don’t give guaranteed contracts to average quarterbacks. Thanks, Vikings!

  77. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Who is going to call plays? Zimmer? Ha ha ha ha ha.
    ))))))))))))))))))
    He would probably have better results.There is too much talent on offense. The Vikings have a serviceable QB, talented RB’s, WR’s and Rudolph at TE. They should score more than they have.I thought it would happen at the end of the year. But it has really because the Vikings blew a great chance to get into the playoffs last night. The defense has playing well.

  78. twinsfansince1964 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I hear Bob Schnelker is available!
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    They put his picture up on the board and the F*^kers boo the s*^t out of him…..
    – Jerry Burns

  79. Yes he calls the D but so does Edwards. Zim’s a great DC but not a good HC. Focuses only on defense. Drafts heavy on projects and defense when the need is offense. Spielman did great signing Cousins and Richardson and then just shut it down. He should have kept working it like the Saints and Rams and he hasn’t been trader Rick since Philly bent him over. The Bradford experiment aside when he got exposed for the mistake of Shaun Hill being the only backup he was exposed again not addressing the Oline. So yes at the end of the year if the Vikings don’t make the playoffs and win a couple games at least then they should all be let go. However yes if they fired Zim today it would be justified and could be handled. He’s too focused on defense.

  80. Steve Cunningham says:
    December 11, 2018 at 1:05 pm
    And I’m not seeing where Cook is that good of a RB either.
    ))))))))))
    I can’t help you then maybe you should watch soccer.

  81. drbob117 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 2:11 pm
    conormacleod: This year, I imagine we’re going to hear plenty about the OCs of the Chiefs, Rams and Saints. But that doesn’t mean those coaches spend any of their time looking ahead, it just means people are writing/ talking about them. I also called BS on the autonomy thing because Zimmer, like most defense oriented coaches, wants a running, time of possession type O, and because he has gone through a few OCs now.
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    The Chiefs, Rams, and Saints head coaches all call their own plays. No, you shouldn’t hire their “OC’s”.

    2 of 3 of Zim’s OC’s simply did terrible jobs. One quit in a huff (Norv Turner), and one got fired today. The third got promoted to a head coach job after doing a great job. So, Zim has fired 1 OC. And not many people are arguing against that move.

    You can absolutely judge Zim as a head coach, because his teams have not gone to the SB. But, if you saw what he inherited, you’d know he’s done a great job. He has done an especially good job of taking over Leslie Fraziers “Tampa 2” defense, that was one of the worst in the league.

    Today’s firing doesn’t solve everything, obviously. This team is still in dire need of some damn O-Line. And if Spielman doesn’t address that immediately, then they will never get to the SB. But, here we are, just at today. So I really like this firing today.

  82. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 11, 2018 at 1:30 pm
    While I understand the firing of Flip, I’m not sure it works.
    It might shake up the play calling for the rest of the year, but the real problem is that $84 million dollar thief called a QB. Bradford did the same thing.
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    Bradford was injury prone. Not the same thing at all. Stealing money while on the bench is never a good thing.
    The O-line is bad. Flip called 7 step drops on 3rd and 1. Or, he called a jumbo formation and called a draw play on 3rd and 1. That O-line can’t move 8 guys in the box. Flip simply called bad plays in bad situations.

  83. They fired the wrong guy. But, I guess you can’t fire the guy you just gave $84 million guaranteed.

    I did it first. Signed Erin Rodgers.

  84. nobody can succeed with this offensive line. not rodgers, not brady, not brees, not maholmes. this is another instance of mike zimmer deflecting blame when defilippo was simply working with what he had. zimmer is responsible for the players on this team. zimmer ignored the offensive line, particuailly the interior offensive line. now they are paying for it dearly. defilippo will be a successful head coach and this decision to fire him will only haunt mike zimmer. guarantee you defilippo takes some job that will result in his new team destroying mike zimmer. zimmer is an over reactive fool. he cut dan carlson when he should have stuck by him. think about that. he cut a 5th round pick after 2 games. he completely wasted that draft pick. he cut him in an emotional state. he fired defilippo in an emotional state. he is not head coaching material.

    This is unacceptable coaching by mike zimmer. he has done a great job fixing this vikings defense since he took over, but he has failed to put together an offense that is even average.

    he has now fired 2 offensive coordinators in 3 years. if their offense continues to struggle next year (this season is over, this move is throwing in the towel), zimmer will be fired and cousins will be benched. if zimmer is smart, he will prioritize the offensive line in the draft and in a coaching search. no more free agent offensive lineman, they all fail miserably. draft. draft. draft.

  85. Being a quarter backs coach last year to calling plays this year obviously he has no idea on what he was doing! Bye!

  86. Cousins must have been playing bad to get him fired, right? I don’t believe that and it sounds just as dumb as people like Bradshaw saying Rodgers worked to get McCarthy fired. Bottom line is the fall guy for failed expectations is never going to be the franchise quarterback that your team has invested millions in.

  87. Coaches held to a different standard than GM’s and personnel people. Why do they get a longer rope?
    Plenty of GMs and Personnel people around the league have been terrible and by any objective measure should be let go (Maccagnan at Jets for one).

  88. Wow. I was told all offseason that things were going to be different for Cousins in Minnesota because they were so much more stacked offensively than Washington.
    What happened, skoLOL
    Brilliant job by Zimmer though, scapegoating another OC to keep up the appearance of making the tough head coaching decisions.
    Or was this whole thing orchestrated by your 84 million dollar prime time boat anchor.
    Just a matter of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

    Also, very classy, Bill Tetley.
    Making fun of a father who tragically lost his son.
    Though, I wouldn’t expect anything else from a Barney fan who’s obviously equally distraught today. (Eye Roll)

  89. If you want to be a running team, fine. But you have two really good receivers and a good pass catching TE. It sounds like he was trying to run an offense to maximize their talent, while the HC would rather run an offense out of the early 90’s. Whatever.

  90. tinye67 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:13 pm
    Has Zimmer fired 2 OCs mid-season in 3 seasons?? That can’t be good.
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    Turner quit after he, Zimmer and Spielman got into a fight about offensive production, Turner said the O-line was so bad they were lucky they won a single game!
    Beside short bursts this Offensive line is blocking for about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 yards per carry, every other team averages 3-4 yards, and we have 2 excellent running backs, and a couple young exciting guys.
    PLEASE Packers Hire him…Oh please..

  91. gtodriver says:
    December 11, 2018 at 2:14 pm
    andrwken says:

    Your dumpster fire doesn’t need anymore fuel.
    ###

    Look at the standings.

    Yeah. Your just killing it there

  92. Their draft sucked this year. CB,OT,DE,TE,K,OG,DE,LB. O’Neill might be the only active pick on the team. Whoever is responsible for this (Spielman, Zimmer) should be worried about their job. Zimmer is a fantastic D coordinator. Head Coach? He needs to take responsibility for whats going on on his team. This whole thing is turning into a dumpster fire.

  93. conormacleod says:
    December 11, 2018 at 1:03 pm
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    The case for Case is just weak. He signed for $18 mil in Denver, and he is 6-6 over there. The Vikings analyzed his strengths and weaknesses, and determined it wasn’t the way to go. Nobody knows if it was a fluke last year, but I don’t think 13-3 was sustainable with Case. And when you have 7 step drops for Cousins with a rush all over you, you tend to not have the time to hit WR’s, and you tend to get sacked and fumble. The OC needs to put your team in a position to win. Flip wasn’t doing that. It was an easy decision today.
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    And Cousins is 6-6-1 in Minnesota, with a team that was 13-3 with Keenum. Case doesn’t have anything near the offensive weaponry that he had in MN. Denver has played 8 of it’s 13 games against teams that would be in the playoffs if the season ended today, and has won 3 games against teams with winning records, while the Vikings have played 5 games against winning teams and won 0 with Cousins at the helm. Also, it’s not like Keenum is coached by some up-and-coming offensive genius in Bill Musgrave, whose offenses have only been ranked above 14 once(in points) in his 10 year career as OC.

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