It was only a matter of time. With great power, comes great responsibility. The Super Bowl Champions are in the world’s spotlight right now and for team’s looking to fill coaching vacancies, there’s no better place to look than Philadelphia. Unfortunately for the Eagles, it means that they have to prepare for worst case scenarios. One may already be unfolding, if this report is true.
Vikings are hiring former Eagles’ QB coach John DeFilippo as their OC, per source.
Super Bowl brain drain underway in Philadelphia.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 9, 2018
The Vikings interviewed DeFilippo earlier today according to Ian Rapoport and if Schefter’s report is to be believed, then things went rather well. The Eagles will not be sat at a crossroads, with a newly vacated QB coaching role to fill.
The signing makes sense of the Vikings. New Head Coach Pat Shurmur will of course be very familiar with one of the most coveted coaches in the NFL this offseason. What makes ‘Flip’ so attractive to NFL teams is his former coordinating experience. The Eagles denied the Jets an interview for the then vacant offensive coordinator role and the Bears found a similar fate. But his incredible work with Carson Wentz has only elevated interest around the league.
Hired by the Eagles in the 2016 offseason, DeFilippo used his former experience that involved developing Derek Carr who went on to lead all rookies in completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns in 2014. That same success would be repeated with Wentz,, who set a team and all-time NFL rookie record with 379 completions. Wentz posted franchise rookie records in pass attempts, passing yards, passing TDs and completion percentage. That’s not to mention his 33 touchdown sophomore season that was deserving of an MVP award prior to his heartbreaking injury.
Where do the Eagles go from here? We’ll have full breakdowns on possible candidates dropping soon, so stay tuned.
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