John DeFilippo interviews for offensive coordinator position in Arizona

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John DeFilippo likely won’t have to worry about being repeatedly told to run the ball, if he gets the latest job for which he has interviewed.

According to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, the Cardinals have interviewed DeFilippo for their vacant offensive coordinator position.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer fired DeFilippo late in the 2018 season, after multiple public (and, prior to that, private) urgings to commit to the run. That likely won’t happen in Arizona, where new coach Kliff Kingsbury surely wasn’t hired to play ground and pound. (And where Kingsbury will be calling the plays.)

Regardless of whether it’s Kingsbury or DeFilippo or some collaboration, the Cardinals have running back David Johnson on the roster, and he’s one of the best running backs in the league. It would be foolish for any team to skew too heavily toward the pass, and perhaps DeFilippo has learned his lesson.

The broader question is whether DeFilippo can or will do what he’s told. Far more troubling than an approach to play calling that seemed to be more about showcasing his skills for a head-coaching job of his own than winning games is the fact that he apparently failed or refused to comply with direct orders from his boss, repeatedly. That’s something the Cardinals should fully explore and resolve before offering him a job.

15 responses to “John DeFilippo interviews for offensive coordinator position in Arizona

  1. Kingsbury will call the plays…hes already stated so…

    And Johnson is one of, if not the best route running and pass catching backs in the NFL ( former college WR ) – Well, that is untkl the past reg i’l me decided not to dk ANYTHING for a Cardinal player to succeed.

  2. I’m not sure why any OC would want to work for Zimmer, every year you’re the scapegoat for his short comings as a head coach.

  3. This guy was all about getting his own gig. Hence the spat w Zimmer.

    Probably going to be a very good coach someday, but you have to follow the chain of command to get there.

  4. This guy couldn’t do squat with Cousins, Thielen, and Diggs. What’s he supposed to do with the worst offense in the league? He’s better off taking a college gig than AZ. Maybe take that OC job at SC…he’ll look like a genius again. In AZ he’s going to look really, really bad. Arizona is career kryptonite.

  5. Kirk’s Cousin says:
    January 15, 2019 at 9:01 am
    This guy was all about getting his own gig. Hence the spat w Zimmer.

    Probably going to be a very good coach someday, but you have to follow the chain of command to get there.
    ——————————————————————————————

    He was kind of caught between a rock and a hard spot. With the offensive line he had, every run was a waste of a down. Zimmer was just being hard headed. I sure would have liked to listened to some of the conversations that wen on between those two.

  6. If you have a workhorse running back like Arizona has do you really want a guy calling plays who was fired from his last job for refusing to run the football?

  7. The Vikings played incredibly well offensively the first half of the year until teams figured out how to stop Diggs and Thielan. Treadwell dropped so many first downs it was sickening. DeFilipo’s players were as much at fault. He could make the Cardinals good fast.

  8. @vikeing4life

    try to keep up. His last OC landed a head coaching job. Every OC knows he will have the keys to the bus because Zimmer only knows D. They sink or swim. Don’t leave a sponge in your patient Doctor.

  9. Not sure why any OC would want to take that position without the full duties involved with the position. But given Defilippo’s situation I understand it. Philly was quick toi say he wasn’t returning when he was let go by the Vikings.

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