Per report, the Minnesota Vikings have fired former Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo a little over ten months after hiring him.
The business of football isn’t a very patient one, nor is it loyal to some of its’ employees. That fact alone may be the main reason we see players and coaches migrate from team to team so often. Just look at former Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.
After the 2016 season, he became one of the hot candidates for a coordinator position, but Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie made sure he didn’t let DeFilippo get away. To Lurie, the development of his young signal caller Carson Wentz was more important.
Lurie couldn’t keep the NFL away forever however, and four days after winning their first Super Bowl in franchise history, the Eagles organization lost DeFilippo when he accepted the offensive coordinator position from the Minnesota Vikings.
He replaced another Eagles assistant in Pat Shurmur who left Minnesota to take over as the head coach of the New York Giants. A little over ten months later, they fired him. The news was first reported by Ian Rapoport:
It was later verified by the Vikings themselves. Take a look:
After acquiring Kirk Cousins in the offseason and teaming him with DeFilippo, many Vikings supporters, and perhaps the Vikings themselves, expected to see some great offense to accompany an already-stout Vikings defense.
For a while it worked, but in four of Minnesota’s last five games, they’ve gotten virtually nothing out of the offensive unit.
Eagles fans have watched Cousins since his entry into the NFL and knew he was a tad bit overrated, but Minnesota may need to learn that lesson for themselves. Until then, this is an arrangement that may last for a while.
Some thought DeFilippo might become one of the hot coaching candidates in 2019, but right now he’s unemployed. Maybe, he spent too much time thinking about his next step up the ladder (a disloyal NFL will do that for you).
One thing’s certain. A reunion with ‘The Birds’ is highly unlikely.