Vikings hire Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator

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Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, #11, left, works through the footwork drill of dropping back under the watchful eye of quarterbacks coach, John DeFilippo, right, on Monday morng, the first day fo Eagles tgraining camp. The Eagles begin the first day of training camp at the NovaCare Center on Monday July 24, 2017.

The Minnesota Vikings have hired Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo to be their offensive coordinator, according to an NFL source.

ESPN first reported the news.

DeFilippo, who joined the Eagles in the 2016 offseason, will replace former Eagles’ offensive coordinator and new New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur in Minnesota.

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The New York Jets wanted to interview DeFilippo for their offensive coordinator opening last January, but Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie blocked the interview request in order to preserve continuity with quarterback Carson Wentz. DeFilippo, a product of Radnor High, interviewed for the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals head coaching jobs last month.

The Eagles are likely to replace DeFilippo with wide receivers coach Mike Groh and promote assistant quarterbacks coach Press Taylor into Groh’s spot.

DeFilppo’s contract was up and with Frank Reich still at offensive coordinator, the Eagles had little chance to keep their quarterbacks coach. Reich is interviewing for the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job, but there are multiple candidates.