The Vikings will hire Philadelphia quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator, a source said Thursday night.
Vikings officials interviewed DeFilippo on Thursday in Philadelphia following the Eagles’ parade for having won Super Bowl LII last Sunday over New England 41-33 at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Eagles allowed DeFilippo to interview even though they could have prevented the Vikings from doing so until his contract expires next Wednesday.
Minnesota also had interviewed for the position Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski, former Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Houston quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan and New Orleans assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell.
With Stefanski losing out for the position, he is in line to rejoin Shurmur and become the Giants’ offensive coordinator.
DeFilippo, 39, was Cleveland’s offensive coordinator in 2015. He had been with the Eagles the past two seasons. He earned rave reviews for helping develop quarterback Carson Wentz, taken with the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft.
When Wentz’s season ended with a torn ACL suffered Dec. 10, DeFilippo played an important role in getting replacement Nick Foles up to speed. Foles was named Super Bowl MVP for his performance against the Patriots.
“He’s a grinder,” Foles said Monday about DeFilippo. “Barely sleeps. Just fundamentals, giving us the game plan, giving us all our checks, extremely detailed. I’m grateful for him. He’s done an amazing job this year.”
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said last week that the offensive coordinator hired will play a major role in determining the Vikings’ quarterback of the future. Minnesota’s three top quarterbacks, Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater, are all in line to become free agents.