John DeFilippo will have "as much say as Vikings want" on QB
Feb 10 2018
This is a photo of John DeFilippo of the Philadelphia Eagles NFL football team. The Eagles would likely promote DeFilippo to offensive coordinator if Reich became head coach of the Colts, but the timing of any potential offer could be critical for Philadelphia's stability.
For anybody wondering why DeFilippo would leave the Eagles for the Vikings right after winning the Super Bowl, the difference in their offensive coordinator jobs is that Doug Pederson calls the plays and oversees the offense in Philadelphia, whereas Mike Zimmer will give him the figurative keys to the auto. DeFilippo replaces Pat Shurmur, who became head coach of the New York Giants.
Prior to joining the Browns, DeFilippo served as the quarterbacks coach of the Oakland Raiders from 2012-14.
DeFilippo's one-on-one relationship with Wentz was considered so vital to the former Bison's development that when the New York Jets asked to interview the rising star for their vacant offensive coordinator position in 2017 Jeffrey Lurie and company outright denied their request, and Wentz blossomed into a legitimate MVP candidate as a result. Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman had interviewed DeFilippo on Thursday after the Eagles' parade for winning the Super Bowl and a deal was reached on a two-year contract.
"He has a track record of success and has proven to be a great teacher. But the great thing about our team and our coaching staff is, they work so well together and they do it all together.We're very fortunate as players to have such a great coaching staff". In the Super Bowl against the Patriots, Foles threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns and even caught a pass for a score on a trick play.
When Wentz went down, many thought the Eagles season to be lost. The Vikings' new OC was the quarterbacks coach, so Murray didn't work directly with him, but Minnesota's running back did see his efforts in red zone strategy.
DeFilippo is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, who was a four-year letter-winner as a quarterback at James Madison, where he led the team to a conference championship as a senior in 1999.