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Vikings fire offensive coordinator John DeFilippo

12 December 2018

Kevin Stefanski has been elevated to Interim Offensive Coordinator and will handle play-calling duties.

Father Ed, played basketball at Penn and is a long-time NBA executive, now working for the Detroit Pistons.

Stefanski, who was in his second year as the quarterbacks coach, is in his 13th season with the Vikings.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that quarterback coach Kevin Stefanski is expected to take over offensive playcalling in Minnesota.

The Vikings will attempt to downplay it but if you want an idea of how much pressure Mike Zimmer and Co., are under the answer came on Tuesday morning.

The Vikings have three games left in a season in which quarterback Kirk Cousins was brought aboard and given a fully guaranteed three-year contract (a rarity in the NFL) because the expectation was that he would provide an upgrade on Case Keenum. It's because of that as well as his familiarity with both the players and a ton of different aspects of the team/offense, that lead to Zimmer picking Stefanski as his choice to replace Pat Shurmur last off-season. The word is that Eagles fans want DeFilippo back and that very well could happen, as there's got to be no way that he lands a head coaching gig next season. After losing to the Saints in 2009, the Vikings were such a mess in 2010 that coach Brad Childress was sacked during the season. Zimmer is nothing if not completely dedicated to his team.

The aforementioned offensive roster shows that the Vikings do have a plethora of playmakers on their squad and, in my opinion, instead of trying to be clever, all they really have to do is run some neo-base stuff to allow their playmakers to simply make plays. Zimmer's glare of disgust appears to have the ability to make even competent coaches and players look lost.

DeFilippo's reasoning for a pass-heavy approach made sense.

That means it's his responsibility if things aren't going as planned to give up some of his involvement with his beloved defense in order to get things right with the offense. I've always felt like if you hire a guy you should stick with him and try to help him and help him mature as a coach.

The Jets reportedly tried to interview DeFilippo for their offensive coordinator job last offseason but the Eagles denied them permission before he eventually landed with the Vikings. "He's a well-rounded coach, and hopefully we can get this thing turned around".

When the Vikings head coach chose to hire DeFilippo to run the offense, he envisioned a unit that would have the same balance that it did under Pat Shurmur in 2017.

One thing's certain. A reunion with "The Birds" is highly unlikely.

Vikings fire offensive coordinator John DeFilippo