Vikings fire offensive coordinator John DeFilippo
EAGAN, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Minnesota Vikings fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo Tuesday.
DeFilippo was let go following Monday night’s 21-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Quarterback coachKevin Stefanski has been named interim offensive coordinator and will handle play-calling duties for the near future, the Vikings said.
The Vikings were shut out Monday until Kirk Cousins found Dalvin Cook for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 1:10 left in regulation and the Vikings trailing 21-0. The game was already in hand.
Under DeFilippo, the Vikings ranked 30th in rushing in the NFL at 85.4 yards per game. While play-calling has come into question, it’s not all on DeFilippo. General Manager Rick Spielman opted to spend $84 million guaranteed in free agency on quarterback Kirk Cousins. They certainly were looking for an upgrade at quarterback, but also neglected to invest in the offensive line. That unit both has struggled to stay healthy and has gotten pushed around in key situations most of the season.
The Vikings had a 4th-and-1 with 6:12 left in the third quarter Monday night, but the offensive line got no push and Latavius Murray was stuffed for a turnover on downs. They also failed to score in four plays from the 6-yard line in the fourth quarter.
Mike Zimmer had been critical of DeFilippo in recent weeks, saying the offense had gotten too complicated and that he needed to have more input play-calling. It had become clear that the two were in disagreement on how to run the offense.
This was DeFilippo’s first season with the team. He was hired from Philadelphia, where he was the quarterbacks coach for the Eagles in their Super Bowl win at U.S. Bank Stadium over the New England Patriots.