DeFilippo Says It Will Be A “Collaborative Effort” to Figure Out Vikings QB for 2018

(Pioneer Press: John Autey)

John DeFilippo will be Mike Zimmer’s third offensive coordinator in five years, but this time the Vikings are replacing a coordinator in Pat Shurmur who is now the head man with the Giants.

And even if DeFilippo’s time with the Vikings turns out to be short, that might not be the worst thing in the world — because it will probably have meant that DeFilippo helped the team hit on a pivotal decision, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

The Vikings are in a peculiar position among the NFL’s well-heeled teams, coming off a 13-3 season with a stockpile of impact players under contract at virtually every position but the most important one on the roster.

Quarterback has been the spot, for one reason or another, the Vikings really haven’t been able to solidify for more than a few years at a time since the days of Fran Tarkenton. It certainly has been the most nagging spot for Spielman, who has been here through Tarvaris Jackson, Gus Frerotte, Brett Favre, Donovan McNabb, Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, Josh Freeman, Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Bradford and Case Keenum.

Try as the Vikings might, it’s not feasible to expect sustainable success if the QB turnstile keeps spinning at the rate it has during Spielman’s 11 seasons, when seven QBs have taken opening-day snaps and five — Jackson, Favre, Joe Webb, Bridgewater and Keenum — have started playoff games.

The Vikings have options in front of them, whether they believe Keenum can replicate his 2017 success, Bridgewater can return from his knee injury to the starting job after being inactive for two playoff games, Kirk Cousins can thrive in Minnesota or some other option (A draft pick? Another trade with Philadelphia for Nick Foles?) can provide the consistency the team has long sought at the position.

DeFilippo said Friday he will have “as much say as [Zimmer and Spielman] want me to” in the quarterback decision, and as he beat out Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski for the coordinator job, it was hard not to credit his wizened outlook on passers borne of his time with a rogue’s gallery of young QBs — everyone from Carson Wentz and Derek Carr to Jamarcus Russell and Johnny Manziel.

“I am going to leave no stone unturned,” he said. “Like I said, we talked about it last night, it is going to be a collaborative effort — something that we all agree on. I’ve been through this situation before searching for Derek Carr and Carson Wentz. I’ve had some experience in this situation in trying to find your quarterback to lead your football team. As much or as little of my input that they want I will give them. But I know whatever information I give them will be very educated and very researched.”

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One Response to “DeFilippo Says It Will Be A “Collaborative Effort” to Figure Out Vikings QB for 2018”

  1. Dale Grassmyer says:

    Since you did not mention Bradford, he is already out. Yes it is a business, but it does not have to be a cruel business. That sir is a sorry way to.tell anybody and has taken me away from following the Vikings.

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