DeFilippo might have gotten a head coaching job if not for the Eagles' Super Bowl run complicating teams' interest in him. "That's a pretty good deal", DeFilippo said. But it was a whirlwind that was 100 percent worth it.
DeFilippo (pronounced dee-fah-LIP-oh) joins the Minnesota Vikings as the team's offensive coordinator in 2018 after serving as the Eagles quarterbacks coach during their Super Bowl-winning 2017 season.
This decision makes all the sense in the world considering the QB situation in Minnesota and DeFilippo's track record in Philly developing any QB to fit the system.
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DeFillipo, 39, has earned high praise for his efforts in helping develop Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz the past two seasons. The duo combined to throw for 3,833 yards and 38 touchdowns in the regular season. "I'm going to leave no stone unturned", DeFilippo said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. "Why would you ask a player to do something that he's not comfortable with?"
As a play-caller, DeFilippo's experience is limited and has had mixed results. The Vikings have three quarterbacks in Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, and Teddy Bridgewater who are all headed to free agency.
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But unfortunately for the Eagles, the team can't block DeFilippo this time. "We talked about it last night: It has to be a collaborative effort, something that we all agree on". Chargers wide receiver coach Nick Sirianni worked as the quarterbacks coach in San Diego from 2013 to '15 when Reich was the offensive coordinator, and Chiefs assistant offensive line coach Corey Matthaei was an assistant quarterbacks coach under Pederson in Kansas City in 2015. After moving his way up the ranks, he got first National Football League job in 2005 as an offensive quality control coach with the New York Giants, before becoming the quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders (2007-08, 2012-14) and New York Jets (2009).
DeFilippo, a Radnor graduate who played quarterback at James Madison, spent ten years coaching in college and the pros before rising to national prominence as the quarterbacks coach of the Oakland Raiders from 2012-2014. "Barely sleeps. Just fundamentals, giving us the game plan, giving us all our checks, extremely detailed".
The Vikings still have to grant permission because Stefanski is under contract, even though quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator is a step up the ladder. He already received multiple head coaching interviews this offseason.
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The Ohio native, who grew up as the son of a coach, said he was on his 18 or 19 move, something that he has embraced as part of the job.
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