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Vikings name John DeFilippo Offensive Coordinator

The search is over.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Minnesota Vikings have named John DeFilippo as the team’s new offensive coordinator. DeFilippo replaces Pat Shurmur, who left Minnesota to become the head coach of the New York Giants.

DeFilippo, 39, began coaching in the NFL in 2005. His first job was offensive quality control coach for the New York Giants under head coach Tom Coughlin. He then became the quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders (2007-2008) under Lane Kiffin. He held the same position for the New York Jets (2009) under Rex Ryan. After a two-year stint in college football with San Jose State (2010-2011), DeFilippo returned to the Raiders. He was again the quarterbacks coach, this time under Dennis Allen (2012-2013) and then interim head coach Tony Sparano (2014). “Flip” was hired as the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator in 2015 under head coach Mike Pettine (now Packers defensive coordinator). Both coaches were let go after the season. DeFilippo took over as the Eagles QB coach in 2016 under head coach Doug Pederson.

According to general manager Rick Spielman, head coach Mike Zimmer has the final say in coaching matters. Both Spielman and Zimmer said chemistry was a main factor in determining the right person for the position. Considering how long the team waited to interview DeFilippo, it appears he was a top target all along.

Reports surfaced Thursday that the Vikings had narrowed the search to two candidates; Kevin Stefanski and DeFilippo. Now that the Vikings have their man, it’s been reported that Stefanski will join Shurmur in New York as the Giants’ offensive coordinator.

DeFilippo will join forces with rest of the Vikings staff as the team decides what to do at the quarterback position moving forward.

The team cast a wide net in its search for OC. Interviewed were current Vikings QB coach Kevin Stefanski, former Vikings and Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Texans QB coach Sean Ryan and Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell, who is reportedly the favorite to land the Colts’ heading coaching job.

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and is an IT nerd by day. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBormanNFL.

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  1. Ultimately they must have decided Stefanski wasn’t ready to run an entire offense at this point. Defilippo at least has that one year of experience as a play caller in Cleveland and a little more hands on coaching experience in general. Probably the right choice, I think in both cases if the offense clicks next year the guy would be moving on to a head coaching job anyway, so take the guy with a little more experience. Now the Stefanski watch really starts as the Vikings can block his move to NY if they so choose. I don’t think they will do that, but I do recall that when Zimmer came here Herm Edwards didn’t allow him to take any staff with him. For Stefanski, he probably should think a bit about if his job is really going to be any different, I’m pretty sure Shurmur will be calling the plays in NY so he will more or less be the OC in title only, but I think it would be a better situation for him. Odds are the Vikings let him go from his contract so he can follow Shurmur.

    1. Interesting that they blocked him. But it’s their right to do so. I think the NFL could benefit by changing some of these coaching interview policies, especially letting them interview during the postseason while their team is still playing.