Is Vikings Interest in Eagles QB Coach John DeFilippo Mutual?

The team reportedly wants to interview "Flip" for its Offensive Coordinator position.

According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, the Vikings plan to interview Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFillippo after Sunday’s Super Bowl.

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. He currently works under head coach Doug Pederson.

The contract of the Eagles QB coach expires after the season. DeFilippo interviewed for the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals head coaching positions in January but both teams have filled the positions. The Bears hired Matt Nagy and the Cardinals hired Steve Wilks.

DeFilippo has a reputation of being a brilliant offensive mind. He’s received praise for his work in developing quarterback Carson Wentz and guiding Nick Foles after Wentz’s injury.

Despite the Vikings’ interest in DeFilippo, the coach has a special connection to Philadelphia. DeFilippo told Tomasson he’s in no rush to leave the Eagles, especially with an ascending franchise quarterback, a very good defense and a coaching staff that he loves to work with.

There have been conflicting reports of DeFilippo’s interest in the Vikings vacancy. Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune reported Thursday that “sources believe he’ll stay in Philadelphia.” On the other hand, Darren Wolfson of KSTP reported Thursday, “Word is he’d be interested in the Vikings offensive coordinator job. His agency, for what it’s worth, has a rock-solid relationship with the Purple.”

The Vikings will find out after Super Bowl Sunday whether or not DeFilippo is interested in an interview. The team has met with current QB coach Kevin Stefanski, former Vikings and Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell, Houston Texans QB coach Sean Ryan and New Orleans Saints TE coach Dan Campbell regarding the offensive coordinator job.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the new coordinator will be heavily involved in the decision-making process regarding the team’s direction at quarterback.

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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 previously wrote for Rant Sports. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBoarMan.

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  1. Well, after being saddled with Mark Sanchez, JaMarcus Russell and Carson Palmer – post-Bengals but pre-Cardinals – earlier in his career, his good deed working with a rookie Derek Carr got him punished with a year of Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel. Spielman and Zimmer would be putting a lot of faith in his work with Wentz the last two years and with Foles the last two games (!), but as important as QB development is and may, MAY, be for us, offensive systems and schemes and play calling still top my list for what I’d be looking for in an offensive coordinator.

      1. Should be interesting to see who they choose and which direction the new OC wants to go at QB!

        Did yesterday’s game change your thoughts on DeFilippo? What a game by Pederson and Foles.

        1. I couldn’t watch. I spent the day at the movies with two fierce mothers – “Lady Bird” and “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and I was tempted to go for the trifecta with “I, Tonya” – and the night with “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and, shame-on-shame, “The Crown.”

          My thoughts on DeFilippo have, if anything, deepened. Raiding the coaching staffs of Super Bowl winners doesn’t seem to turn out that well too often. Just compare Jimmy Johnson’s and Bill Bellichek’s coaching trees to Dennis Green’s, for instance. Some rebuilding franchise or newbie HC could risk hiring DeFilippo as OC, but I think he needs another couple of seasons of seasoning, especially calling plays, before a contender like the Vikes should do it.

          1. If they go w/DeFilippo or Stefanski a young play-caller has a real opportunity to make a name for himself