Vikings hire Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator
The Minnesota Vikings have found their replacement for Pat Shurmur, hiring Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo as their next offensive coordinator, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
DeFilippo previously interviewed for the head coaching job with the Arizona Cardinals before drawing consideration for offensive coordinator openings. He emerged as a top candidate to succeed Shurmur in Minnesota after he left to become head coach of the New York Giants.
It was previously reported that DeFilippo could be promoted with the Eagles if Frank Reich left to coach the Indianapolis Colts, so perhaps Philadelphia believes Reich will ultimately stay with the franchise. ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio notes that DeFilippo didn’t have to wait for a decision from the Eagles’ end since his contract expired.
The addition of DeFilippo in Minnesota increases the likelihood that their quarterbacks coach, Kevin Stefanski, will follow Shurmur to New York and become the next offensive coordinator of the Giants.
Under Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, DeFilippo will likely have complete control of the offense, which would not have been the case with Doug Pederson in Philly.
The 39-year-old landed his first NFL job with the Giants as an offensive quality control coach in 2005. He then bounced around with the Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, back to college at San Jose State, then back to the NFL with the Raiders, Cleveland Browns, and finally, the Eagles. This will be his second stint as an offensive coordinator in the NFL, as he served the role in Cleveland for the 2o15 season.