Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo isn’t returning to Philadelphia for the 2018 season. Flip has been hired as the Minnesota Vikings’ new offensive coordinator, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter.
It’s not surprising to see Flip leave. The 39-year-old assistant’s contract was set to expire 10 days after the Eagles’ season. Instead of making the Vikings wait to interview him, the Eagles seemingly granted their request to talk to him. Philadelphia blocked Flip from interviewing for the New York Jets’ offensive coordinator position last offseason, so it seems like they didn’t want to sour relations by delaying an inevitable interview.
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Losing Flip is a bummer. He’s a bright young coach who did great work when it came to coaching Carson Wentz and Nick Foles. Wentz played like a regular season MVP in 2017. Foles, meanwhile, won Super Bowl MVP despite being a backup quarterback.
The Eagles may end up losing both DeFilippo and offensive coordinator Frank Reich, who is a candidate to become the next coach of the Colts. Some believed that the Eagles hoped to keep DeFilippo as the offensive coordinator, if Reich were to leave.
In Minnesota, DeFilippo most likely will have the keys to the offense. In Philadelphia, DeFilippo would have been second fiddle on offense behind head coach and play caller Doug Pederson.
Now that the Vikings have their offensive coordinator in place, the focus will soon shift toward finding their quarterback for 2018. General manager Rick Spielman said last week that the next OC will play a role in determining which quarterback will lead the Vikings next season.
“He’ll have a major part of the decision-making process,” Spielman said. “He’ll be heavily involved in that. But the way that we structure everything is that everyone has a part of that process in the decision, and myself, coach Zimmer, our scouting department and all of our coaches. Anytime we’re making major decisions, we have a systematic approach that I feel is very thorough to get through so that you can make the best decisions possible and this will be no different, whoever comes in.”