WHY THE EAGLES SHOULD BRING BACK QB COACH JOHN DEFILIPPO!

By Peter Gleason

The question in Eagles Nation this morning is:

Should the Birds re-sign their former quarterback coach John DeFilippo, who was sacked yesterday as the Vikes’ offensive coordinator?

Carson Wentz and the offense sure do miss him!

Minnesota fired DeFilippo following Monday night’s 21-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski has been promoted to replace DeFilippo on an interim basis and will handle playcalling duties for the remaining three games of the regular season.

DeFilippo signed a two-year contract with the Vikings when he was hired in February, one week after coaching the Eagles’ quarterbacks to a win in Super Bowl LII.

Coach Mike Zimmer said last week that DeFilippo had “about the same” autonomy when it came to designing and calling plays as former OC Pat Shurmur, who went on to become head coach of the New York Giants last offseason. Zimmer’s own involvement with the offense is limited, in large part due to the responsibilities he takes on as a defensive playcaller, but he has said throughout the year that he and DeFilippo were in constant communication regarding the offense.

“I’m always involved with them,” Zimmer said. “I sit down there and talk to them about a lot of different things during the week.”

The Vikings’ offense has sputtered as of late, putting up 17 points combined in back-to-back losses to New England and Seattle. Minnesota has not been able to surpass 300 yards of offense in four of its past five games and sits at 6-6-1, in line for the sixth seed in the NFC playoffs, going into Week 15.

It has been apparent at times this season that DeFilippo and Zimmer were not on the same page as it related to the Vikings’ offensive strategy. Zimmer has voiced public criticism over the team’s perceived offensive imbalance, the volume in the Vikings’ playbook and a need to run the ball more.

Asked after Monday’s loss what the Vikings needed to do to get their offense back on track after notching two conversions on 10 third-down attempts while also going 0-for-2 on fourth down and coming away scoreless after four attempts inside the Seattle 4-yard line in the fourth quarter, Zimmer struggled to find an answer.

“That’s a good question,” Zimmer said. “Keep at it. Keep trying to find things that we’re good at. We didn’t score very many points tonight, didn’t score very many points last week. Part of it is being better on third downs; we haven’t really done a good job there. Part of it is being better in the red zone; had the ball on the 2-yard line, didn’t score. You keep doing things like that, you’re not going to score too many points.”

DeFilippo was the fourth offensive coordinator to serve under Zimmer since his tenure began in Minnesota in 2014. He is also the second OC to depart a season early under Zimmer. Current Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner resigned in early November of his third season with the Vikings in 2016, a year Minnesota started the season 5-0 and slid to an 8-8 finish.

A source told ESPN that Zimmer — and not general manager Rick Spielman — had final say on firing DeFilippo. The Vikings arrived back in the Twin Cities around 4 a.m. CT Tuesday, and DeFilippo met with Zimmer later Tuesday morning and was informed that he was fired.

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