Vikings relieve offensive coordinator John DeFilippo of his duties


The Vikings fired offensive coordinator John DeFillipo after a 21-7 loss to the Seahawks.

The Vikings lost to the Seahawks 7-21 Monday evening, and were almost shut out.

Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski will take over as interim offensive coordinator.

Perhaps the move to Stefanski is one that could not only save the Vikings' current season, but the 2019 season as well (assuming he gets the interim tag removed).

Shurmur, however, was hired as head coach of the New York Giants.

When the Vikings head coach chose to hire DeFilippo to run the offense, he envisioned a unit that would have the same balance that it did under Pat Shurmur in 2017. He's been involved all across the offense, having coached quarterbacks, tight ends and running backs. One game after appearing to get things on the right track in a victory over Green Bay, Zimmer again was disgruntled with DeFilippo's play-calling a week ago Sunday following a 24-10 loss in New England. He was eventually convinced that the Eagles' John DeFilippo was the better choice, but Zimmer kept his (good) eye on Stefanski as well by blocking the Giant's/Pat Shurmur's attempt to interview him and keeping him under contract against his will. In 2017, the Vikings ranked sixth in offensive efficiency. At least not completely.

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After the latest offensive dud, the Minnesota Vikings are making a change. Instead of ramming it inside, why not feature quicker throws underneath and to the perimeter, where star receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, and even tailback Dalvin Cook, thrive? "He's got a good grasp of the players".

Zimmer publicly questioned DeFilippo's decision-making a few times over the past month, stressing his interest in more of a run-pass balance and chiding him at one point for essentially trying to trick too many teams rather than relying on the offense's strengths.

Zimmer and Stefanski were on conference calls today to discuss the promotion and on his call, Zimmer brought up how long Stefanski has been with the team (13 seasons) and how that familiarity with the team was important.

Stefanski will be the fourth OC to serve under Zimmer since 2016. I mentioned during our live chat during Monday Night's game that if the Vikings didn't get things together (after a slow start on offense) that the push would turn into a tidal wave. But DeFilippo had only been an offensive coordinator in the National Football League once before - that came in 2015 with the 3-13 Cleveland Browns - and it should have been clear that he might not have been the best fit for the impatient Zimmer.

In classic Zimmer style, though, he giveth and he taketh away.

Asked after the game in Seattle how the offense could be fixed, Zimmer said, "That's a good question". They also only put up 17 points total in their past two games. Either way, I think I'll skip the betting this weekend.