Minnesota Vikings fire offensive coordinator John DeFilippo

Minnesota Vikings fire offensive coordinator John DeFilippo

The decision to relieve DeFilippo of his duties and the timing that came along with it were hard, but as Zimmer confirmed, this was his decision alone.

The team announced that Stefanski will be the interim offensive coordinator.

Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski will take over offensive coordinator duties on an interim basis during the Vikings' remaining games this season.

Just look at former Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo. And while Shurmur wound up producing the offense his head coach wanted, that even got off to a rocky start with the Vikings going 3-6 in his first nine games as the offensive coordinator.

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

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. 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. "The players have got to make the plays". Zimmer is nothing if not completely dedicated to his team.

"I feel bad for Flip, and obviously we didn't do well enough for him to keep his job", tight end Kyle Rudolph told SiriusXM NFL Radio.

"I think the biggest thing with Kevin is he has been here for a long time, so he knows how we do things here, No. 1", Zimmer said.

This move was as necessary as it was huge, as the Vikings, who are playing for their post-season lives, have averaged only 12.8 points over the last four games.

With conservative play-calling and a desire to run the ball, that begs the question.

DeFilippo, 40, was hired by the Vikings this offseason. He has worked for six National Football League teams in total, including the Eagles and Vikings. Stefanski was the Vikings tight ends coach in 2014 and 2015, and was the assistant quarterbacks coach from 2009 to 2013. "So I think there's plenty of blame to go around".

He replaced another Eagles assistant in Pat Shurmur who left Minnesota to take over as the head coach of the New York Giants. While this decision appeared to be building for a while based on Zimmer saying he didn't like the direction the offense was headed over the past four or five weeks, the coach was adamant that not one game nor one person was responsible for the current state of affairs.

"You hear the offensive coordinator is getting a lot of ridicule, but it's about the players", Thielen said.

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