“We could not be extra thrilled to be a part of what we all know we need to expertise, what we simply skilled in Philadelphia, which is bringing a world championship house to the state of Minnesota,” DeFilippo stated Friday, together with his spouse Kari.
DeFilippo, whose contract expired after two seasons with the Eagles, interviewed final month for head teaching positions with Arizona and Chicago, and he stated a number of groups he would not identify needed him as a coordinator.
“When the Minnesota Vikings need to speak to you, that is an entire totally different ball recreation,” DeFilippo stated. “It was clearly a particular alternative to work for Coach Zimmer and study from him and work for an additional nice head coach and one other alternative for myself to name performs.”
DeFilippo, 39, final referred to as performs as Cleveland’s offensive coordinator in 2015. With the Eagles, he performed a key position in creating quarterback Carson Wentz, taken with the No. 2 decide within the 2016 draft out of North Dakota State. Wentz was having what many thought-about an MVP season when he tore his ACL in a Dec. 10 recreation.
He was changed by Nick Foles, the Tremendous Bowl MVP who led their Eagles to their first championship since 1960.
An estimated seven hundred,000 followers attended Thursday’s parade.
“It was an unbelievable day,” DeFilippo stated. “I imply, what number of guys can say they participated in a Tremendous Bowl parade within the morning and have become one of many 32 play-callers within the Nationwide Soccer League that night time?”
DeFilippo referred to as his father Thursday night time to inform him about his new job.
“I do not know once I’ve seen him any extra excited than he was,” stated Gene DeFilippo, a longtime school soccer coach and administrator who has been athletic director at Villanova and Boston School.
DeFilippo replaces Pat Shurmur, who final month turned head coach of the New York Giants. Spielman and Zimmer additionally interviewed Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski, former Minnesota offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Houston quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan and New Orleans assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell for the coordinator’s job.
DeFilippo, 39, was clearly the Vikings’ best choice, however they needed to wait till Philadelphia’s season ended earlier than they might speak with him. A number of stories say Stefanski will turn out to be the Giants’ offensive coordinator beneath Shurmur.
“We’re very excited so as to add John to our employees,” Zimmer stated in a press release. “We took our time with the search and made positive we left no stone unturned to get the fitting match. He has a monitor document of success and…