John DeFilippo Isn’t Another McCarthy
Minnesota Vikings made a move yesterday to fire John DeFilippo, the offensive coordinator of the team. This was due to Mike Zimmer having issues with the way the offense did not run the ball enough and their general disagreements with each other. Both sides of this relationship are using the media to bury the other. DeFilippo is still trying to get himself a head coaching gig while the Vikings are trying to let everybody know that things will be fixed without him. Some thought the former Vikings coordinator would get an interview with the Packers. He might but it’s hard for me to see him being the next head coach.
Some might use Mike McCarthy as an example for why the Packers could hire DeFilippo. If you remember, McCarthy was the offensive coordinator of a horrible offense in San Francisco when he got the job with the Packers. This is a little different. For one thing, DeFilippo received his walking papers. The picture is painted that he’s not the easiest guy to work with and there could be some issues in that realm. Also, he has zero connections to the Packers. That matters for Green Bay. Read Andrew Brandt’s piece in the MMQB this week where he explains that in great detail. There’s nothing about the Flip that ties him back to Green Bay’s organization.
We’ll see where the beleaguered Vikings coach ends up next season. If you listen to Mike Lombardi, former executive of the Browns, Raiders and Patriots on GM Street, he flames DeFilippo for getting outcoached by Pete Carroll among other things including accusing him of looking ahead to his next job. And if you look at every game where the Vikings faced off against either a tough defense or a top tier team, their offense didn’t do much. It’s hard for any team to think of this guy as a head coach. Likely, he will find his way back to being a quarterbacks coach with either Philadelphia again or Indianapolis with Frank Reich
It would stun me if he ended up as the new Packers coach.