Update: I literally pressed publish like two seconds before he was fired –
Source: #Vikings OC John DeFilippo has been fired.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 11, 2018
Here’s the old story:
We often hear about how much the Eagles are missing Frank Reich and John DeFilippo, the offensive coordinator and QB coach who departed for Indy and Minnesota this summer, respectively.
Reich has the Colts in contention for a wild card spot at 7-6. They started the season 1-5 and have now ripped off six wins in their last seven games.
“Flip,” however, is not exactly lighting the world on fire.
The Vikings lost 21-7 to the Seahawks last night and are now 6-6-1 with three defeats in their last four games. Kirk Cousins has led his squad to just 17 points in the last two games, which admittedly were tough tests in Seattle and New England.
Star wide receiver Adam Thielen doesn’t want the blame to go to Flip, for what it’s worth:
“You hear the offensive coordinator is getting a lot of ridicule, but it’s about the players,” wide receiver Adam Thielen said. “The players have got to make the plays. It doesn’t matter what play is called, you have to run that play and you have to be successful on it. It just comes down to execution, all 11 players doing the right thing.’’
Fans and some media up there don’t see it the same way, but they’re not entirely hot on Cousins either. After the jump:
At this point, I’m hoping for a shutout.
Get John DeFilippo the hell out of Minnesota.
— Daily SKOL (@DailySKOL) December 11, 2018
Booger: "Is John DeFilippo going to be here next year?"
Me: "Is John DeFilippo going to be here next week?"
— The Daily Norseman, a Minnesota Vikings blog (@DailyNorseman) December 11, 2018
John DeFilippo being blamed for Kirk Cousins being awful is my favorite thing.
— #NoCounsellSlander (@adambrownknows) December 11, 2018
If John DeFilippo gets a head coaching job this off-season I'll be elated because that means he'll no longer be the #Vikings OC
— Ted Glover (@purplebuckeye) December 3, 2018
When should Zimmer fire DeFilippo?
— 1500 ESPN (@1500ESPN) December 11, 2018
Surely Mike Zimmer wouldn’t can Flip after one year, would he?
And surely Doug Pederson wouldn’t tell Mike Groh to take a hike after the same amount of time, right?
More importantly, would you prefer DeFilippo over Groh at this point?
Seriously – would you rather have Flip or Groh right now? It’s a question worth asking.