As we noted back in December, DeFilippo was as good as gone, as his work with Carson Wentz and the Raiders' David Carr has been widely recognized around the league. He left Cleveland when head coach Mike Pettine was sacked after his offense finished 30th in scoring in 2015.
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The Vikings made a conscious choice to go outside of the organization with this hire but must feel assured that the continuity they built on offense in 2017 won't dissipate any time soon. Enter backup quarterback Nick Foles, who after a couple of rough starts played two of the best games of his career against the Vikings and in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. Despite only playing in 13 games before suffering a season-ending ACL injury, Wentz finished the season with 33 touchdowns, the most in franchise history, and a 101.9 passer rating, the third-highest in franchise history. He completed 72 percent of his playoff passes and threw for six postseason touchdowns to one interception. It will be interesting to see (a) who the Vikings' quarterback will be in 2018, and (B) what DeFilippo can do with them.
Now, DeFilippo will be in charge of helping the Vikings get past the team he just helped win a Lombardi Trophy.
DeFilippo's one-on-one relationship with Wentz was considered so vital to the former Bison's development that when the New York Jets asked to interview the rising star for their vacant offensive coordinator position in 2017 Jeffrey Lurie and company outright denied their request, and Wentz blossomed into a legitimate MVP candidate as a result. The Vikings' new coordinator said he will "have as much say as they want me to" in the team's quarterback decision between three potential in-house free agents (Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater and Case Keenum) and outside options, though he stressed the importance of the QB being "something we all agree on". "It's all game-specific drill work and he really does a nice job preparing the guys, the quarterbacks, during the week".
We'll be following all of this very closely in the coming weeks.