Vikings to hire John DeFilippo as OC

Kevin Stefanski likely to be Giants offensive coordinator if all the pieces fall into place

Kevin Stefanski likely to be Giants offensive coordinator if all the pieces fall into place

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Minnesota has hired Eagles' QB coach John DeFilippo for the position vacated by Pat Shurmur.

Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo is expected to be the Vikings' next offensive coordinator, according to Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune. By choosing DeFilippo over Stefanski, the Vikings set up the possibility of Stefanski leaving to become Shurmur's offensive coordinator in NY.

In his two years as quarterbacks coach of the Eagles, DeFilippo helped Carson Wentz emerge into an MVP candidate, throwing 33 touchdowns to seven interceptions through 13 games this season before suffering a season-ending injury. Minnesota interviewed four candidates ahead of Super Bowl week, including Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski, former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Saints assistant coach/tight ends Dan Campbell and Texans quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan.

Reich received the unexpected opportunity this week when New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels agreed to the Colts' job and then bailed 20 hours before a formal news conference was scheduled in Indianapolis. DeFilippo also had a hand in helping Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles find his footing after Wentz suffered a season-ending ACL t ear December 10.

The Vikings have some decisions to make at quarterback with Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater, and Case Keenum all set to be free agents. He previously spent a single year as the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns in 2015 before exiting after a single year.

The Vikings reportedly interviewed DeFilippo on Thursday.

DeFilippo has always coached on the offensive side, entering coaching following his playing days at James Madison, where he was a quarterback, graduating in 1999. Gene DeFilippo later worked at Vanderbilt and Kentucky before becoming the athletic director at Villanova in 1993. Minnesota's offense finished last season ranked 10th in the National Football League with 23.9 points per game.

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