For much of the early part of this season, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo was regarded as one of the hottest coaching candidates in the NFL, guaranteed to draw interest from a number of teams with head coaching vacancies this off-season.
Today, he was fired.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport broke the news that DeFilippo has been dismissed by Minnesota. His firing comes with the Vikings in the middle of an offensive tailspin that has seen them lose four out of six games.
In that 2-4 stretch, Minnesota hasn’t scored more than 24 points in a single game, culminating in last night’s 21-7 debacle against the Seattle Seahawks.
Source: #Vikings OC John DeFilippo has been fired.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 11, 2018
According to NFL Network’s Albert Breer, Minnesota quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski will assume DeFilippo’s role as OC.
Per source, QBs coach Kevin Stefanski will replace DeFilippo as OC. https://t.co/p54rQeQq7d
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 11, 2018
Prior to being hired in Minnesota, the 40-year-old DeFilippo spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons as the quarterbacks coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. With the Eagles sitting at 6-7 and struggling, it will be interesting to see if they try to bring DeFilippo back for the last few weeks of the season in an attempt to rekindle the magic of last year.
Come this off-season, DeFilippo could still receive some consideration for head coaching openings, but the bloom has come off his rose a little.