Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Vikings Land Their New Offensive Coordinator

Vikings Land Their New Offensive Coordinator

The Vikings have hired former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback coach John DeFilippo, the team announced Friday. DeFilippo replaces Pat Shurmur, who became head coach of the New York Giants.

Groh has experience coaching quarterbacks (Louisville 2010), and he himself was a two-year starting quarterback at the University of Virginia before signing with the Baltimore Ravens in 1996 as an undrafted free agent.

"He has a track record of success and has proven to be a great teacher", Zimmer added.

DeFilippo is coming off of a Super Bowl win in which Philadelphia maximized its offensive talent around Nick Foles in Co. DeFilippo also could be promoted to offensive coordinator of the Eagles if Frank Reich, Philadelphia's current offensive coordinator, lands the head coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts.

Zimmer may not be interested in bringing Keenum back next season (or Spielman based on the quarterback's potential price tag).

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" Flip's situation was that he handled red zone ... so when different coaches give their presentations, you remember his being a little more energetic", Murray said per a team release.

DeFilippo was clearly an excellent influence on the Eagles' quarterbacks, obviously with Wentz and Foles, and even third string quarterback Nate Sudfeld.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, who calls his own plays, said Wednesday he wants to "keep everybody" but understands the nature of the business having been a player a longtime assistant coach in the NFL. But perhaps DeFilippo sees something in the quarterback that he can work with and can help develop into more of a complete player. In those two games, Foles completed 71 percent of his passes and threw six touchdowns against only one interception.

DeFilippo was the Oakland Raiders' quarterbacks coach for three seasons before heading to Cleveland to call plays.

DeFilippo also has five years as quarterbacks coach for Oakland on his resume over two different stints, including in 2014 when Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw only 12 interceptions, the fewest by a first-year player in National Football League history with at least 450 passing attempts.

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