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Vikings fire John DeFilippo following loss to Seahawks

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After the Seattle Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Darell Bevell in January, they were rumored to be interested in two different replacements: One was the guy they hired, Brian Schottenheimer, and the other was Philadelphia Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo. If the Eagles hadn’t made the Super Bowl, it’s possible Seattle could have interviewed him (by rule, they had to wait) but instead they went with Schotty.

The Minnesota Vikings, who lost offensive coordinator to Pat Shurmur to the New York Giants following an NFC Championship game loss to those Eagles, opted to take DeFilippo off of their hands. He was considered the hottest OC get of 2018 by many and given his work with Nick Foles and Carson Wentz in the previous two seasons, many thought he could be as innovative and impactful as Sean McVay has been to the LA Rams.

That has not been the case and as of Tuesday morning, the Vikings fired DeFilippo as OC just 13 games into his tenure. Minnesota is coming off of a 21-7 loss to the Seahawks on Monday night, a game in which they barely got into Seattle territory and didn’t score until only minutes remained and they had all but lost.

The move comes eight days after the Green Bay Packers fired head coach/”offensive guru” Mike McCarthy, who had lost to the Seahawks not long before that. The Carolina Panthers also fired assistant coaches this season after losing to Seattle, while the Arizona Cardinals fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy less than three weeks after a loss to the Seahawks. That’s not to say that Seattle is responsible for all this NFC coaching mayhem, but of course they get to claim at least a small part in the disruption while their new coaches (Schottenheimer, Ken Norton, Mike Solari) rein in mostly praise for a positive outcome. Maybe that changes in the near or long-term future, as it eventually does for all coaches, but 2018 has managed to work in their favor.

The Cardinals, by the way, were choosing between McCoy, DeFilippo, and Bevell. Now Bevell might be the hottest name to hire out of those three. Former Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard is likely to get head coach and DC interviews come January too. It’s all about waiting your turn.

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