Last week, we told you that the Minnesota Vikings were wanting to fill their Offensive Coordinator vacancy by early this week. Well, we’re not into the latter portion of this week, and no announcement of a hiring has been made yet. There might be a good reason for that.
Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that the team is, apparently, waiting on the NFL season to finish on Sunday so that they can interview Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback coach John DeFilippo for their Offensive Coordinator job.
DeFilippo’s name has come up for several jobs in the past, and he interviewed for the head coaching positions with the Chicago Bears and the Arizona Cardinals during Philadelphia’s bye week before the Divisional Playoffs. Last season, the Eagles blocked him from interviewing for positions with other teams. However, since DeFilippo’s contract expires at the end of this season, the Eagles would not be able to block him again.
DeFilippo is another young up-and-comer at just 39 years of age. He’s had a couple of different coaching stints in the NFL, as he was with the New York Giants as an offensive quality control coach in 2005 and 2006, and then moved on to be the quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders (2007-2008) and the New York Jets (2009). After going back to the college game for a few years with San Jose State, he returned to the Raiders as the QB coach in 2012, and stayed there until 2014. He then moved on to be the Offensive Coordinator for the Cleveland Browns in 2015 and finally the Eagles’ QB coach in 2016.
The Vikings have interviewed their current QB coach, Kevin Stefanski, along with former Vikings’ OC Darrell Bevell, Houston Texans’ QB coach Sean Ryan, and New Orleans Saints’ TE coach Dan Campbell for the Offensive Coordinator position.
In any event, if this story is true, we’re probably not going to know who’s going to be running the offense on Mike Zimmer’s staff until early next week. But, as long as they get the right guy, I’m guessing that none of us will care.