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Schefter: Vikings Must Wait for DeFilippo’s Contract to Expire

Since the move is considered "lateral" the Eagles can block interviews until then.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the contract of Philadelphia Eagles‘ QB coach John DeFilippo does not expire until ten days after the Eagles’ season.

That means the Vikings will have to wait until Valentine’s Day (February 14th) to interview DeFilippo for their vacant Offensive Coordinator position. Schefter says the team appears willing to wait.

Unlike Matt Patricia, who was hired as the head coach of the Detroit Lions yesterday, a move from QB coach to offensive coordinator is considered a “lateral move,” meaning the Eagles are able block interview requests until the contract has expired. Any non-head coaching position is considered an assistant role. Teams cannot block a move “up” to head coach.

With the offseason already under way, there’s no doubt Vikings would like to name an OC sooner rather than later. The first day to designate franchise and transition players is February 20th. General manager Rick Spielman said the new hire will have significant input on which direction the team goes at quarterback.

It remains to be seen what kind of interest DeFilippo has in the Vikings OC position.

The Vikings have already interviewed Darrell Bevell, Sean Ryan, Dan Campbell and Kevin Stefanski for the role.


Darren Wolfson of KSTP reported the Vikings may be able to interview DeFilippo without waiting ten days. The team is in the process of getting permission from the Eagles.

VT will keep you posted with the latest.

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  1. That was going to be my first question on this as teams can always give permission to allow a guy to interview for lateral moves when they are still under contract. With his contract expiring it wouldn’t make any sense whatsoever for them to make him wait ten days to get this done.
    PFT is reporting Bevell is the favorite to be the Colts new OC under McDaniels.

    1. This story has gotten quite interesting with the whole Josh McDaniels snubbing aspect. Update coming shortly

      1. Yeah, that has basically changed everything. I doubt Reich will get that job but denying Defillipo a chance to interview now until that situation resolves itself is a logical move and one he probably is in favor of. Sounds like Campbell is also going to interview with the Colts. If Bevell ends up without an OC job I wonder if the Vikings would look at bringing him in as a QB coach if they elevate Stefanski or he heads to NY to work with Shurmer.

        1. Personally I like Stefanski but he’s never called plays before. Bevell has a pretty decent track record of it with Seattle. Would be odd to see Stefanski as OC and Bevell as QB coach, but I wouldn’t mind it a bit

  2. That seems more like a promotion than a lateral move imo, but whatever, Eagles. LOL

    1. Right? I wonder how NFL rules will change after this whole fiasco. Or if they even will…