When the annual round of predictions for the 2017 National Football League season from various publications were making their way out a few months ago, it's highly unlikely that anyone envisioned second-year quarterback Carson Wentz playing himself into MVP consideration. The duo combined to throw for 3,833 yards and 38 touchdowns in the regular season.
There aren't many players on the current Minnesota Vikings roster that have experience with new offensive coordinator John DiFilippo at any of his stops in Oakland, Cleveland or Philadelphia, so the Vikings' offensive players will be asking running back Latavius Murray for the scoop on their new OC. This is a significant career advancement for him, even if he did not get a head coaching job due in part to the Eagles' Super Bowl run.
The Minnesota Vikings have named John DeFilippo offensive coordinator. It's not easy when your franchise quarterback goes down, but the great thing about our team and our coaching staff is they work so well together.
Shurmur was hired as head coach of the New York Giants on January 22.
The Vikings made a conscious choice to go outside of the organization with this hire but must feel assured that the continuity they built on offense in 2017 won't dissipate any time soon.
Zimmer, who is 39-25 in four seasons with the Vikings, welcome DeFilippo on board to Minnesota.
DeFilippo's one-on-one relationship with Wentz was considered so vital to the former Bison's development that when the New York Jets asked to interview the rising star for their vacant offensive coordinator position in 2017 Jeffrey Lurie and company outright denied their request, and Wentz blossomed into a legitimate MVP candidate as a result.
DeFilippo may not be handed a quarterback next season with the most talent in the NFL. Taking over for an injured Wentz in Week 14, Foles won three playoff games by completing 72 percent of his passes while throwing six touchdowns to one interception.
Zimmer may not be interested in bringing Keenum back next season (or Spielman based on the quarterback's potential price tag). Simply put, DeFilippo and the Eagles quickly established Foles was not Wentz, shifting concepts within the offense to capitalize on the backup QB's strengths.
Soon enough, all those questions and more will be answered, and we'll eventually get an up-close look at DeFilippo's philosophy in action.