Giving John DeFilippo another chance
Year one of the John DeFilippo Experiment in Minnesota has not exactly gone according to plan.
While Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are having career seasons, the rest of the Vikings’ offense has been out of sorts for most of the year. And the reason for that starts at the top with DeFilippo, Minnesota’s offensive coordinator.
A good balance of running and passing plays has not been an element of the offense this season like it normally has for the Vikings during the tenure of head coach Mike Zimmer. Instead, Minnesota has transformed into a pass-first team under DeFilippo and the results haven’t been ideal.
With their first-year offensive coordinator leading the way, the Vikings are on track to finish with their second-fewest rushing attempts in a season ever. Likely not the type of offense Minnesota had in mind when they hired DeFilippo.
Despite his struggles this year, are the Vikings willing to give their current offensive coordinator another shot in 2019?
Even if they are, Minnesota might not even get that chance since DeFilippo’s name has been among those in consideration for some of the current head coaching openings around the league. So the decision may actually end up being made for the Vikings if he leaves for another job.
But if not, Minnesota could still decide to tell DeFilippo to pack his stuff and find work elsewhere.
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