Skip to main content

John DeFilippo's peers say the Vikings hired a genius

They're also saying there's no doubt he'll be a head coach some day.
  • Author:
  • Updated:

One word to describe new Vikings offensive coordinator, John DeFilippo: Energy. 

Take his quote from a recent article in Bleeding Green Nation

"I like to have a lot of juice. I like guys that move fast, talk fast, do everything fast. I think when you train that way and you practice that way, when the game’s moving fast on Sunday it slows things down for you.”

Those are his words, but what the words of his peers? 

Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders QB

The Raiders quarterback learned under DeFilippo in Oakland, and raved about him when the Browns hired DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator in 2015. 

"I can promise you he's going to be one of those guys in a few years who's up for a head coach job,'' said Carr in a 2015 interview with "The Browns did a very good thing by hiring John DeFilippo. He's an amazing coach and a great person.''

Peter Schrager, Good Morning Football

"That is a huge, huge loss for that team (the Eagles). DeFilippo is a genius, especially in the red zone because that's what he does."

You can watch Good Morning Football talk about DeFilippo in the video below (beginning at the 6:00 mark). 

Mike Pettine, Packers defensive coordinator

Note that Pettine was the head coach in Cleveland while DeFilippo was there. Pettine believes DeFilippo is on the fast track to becoming a head coach. 

"Absolutely. Absolutely. I don't think it's a question of if, it's a question of when," Pettine told during Super Bowl week.

Pettine added: "When you spend just two minutes with him, you just realize very quickly how much he truly loves the game, and that's such a big part in the NFL. ... And with John, it was obvious. He'd start talking about something, and his eyes would light up, and he'd grab a pen and jump up on the board. You could just tell. And that mentality is contagious, and that's what you need in front of the room."

Mike Zimmer, Vikings head coach

We'll have more on DeFilippo in the coming days. 

Next Up

Anthony Skelley

17-year-old South St. Paul homicide victim is identified

The medical examiner determined that Skelley died of multiple gunshot wounds.

tornado, severe weather

Tornado watch issued in Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska

A tornado warning has already been issued in southern Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2021-05-27 at 9.08.37 AM

Korean chicken chain Bonchon's 6th MN location set to open

The South Korean-based franchise has steadily increased its presence across the country.

Historic Fort Snelling

Revamped Historic Fort Snelling to fully reopen for first time since 2019

A $34.5 million revitalization project has been completed.

Screen Shot 2022-05-11 at 9.54.54 AM

Training storms dump big rain totals on southeast Minnesota

The flash flooding threat shifts further north and west Wednesday night.

Park Point beach, Duluth

Travel & Leisure's top 25 US beaches includes one in Minnesota

The beach on the shores of Lake Superior made the cut.

Acme Comedy Company stage.

Are you the funniest person in the Twin Cities?

Acme Comedy Company is wondering. Professional comedians need not apply.

storm, severe weather

Severe storms threaten Minnesota again later Wednesday

Tornadoes, very large hail and straight-line winds are possible.

Screen Shot 2022-05-11 at 7.54.30 AM

Saint Mary's University cutting 11 majors, laying off staff

The Winona college says it's consolidating to focus on business, technology, and the sciences.

Screen Shot 2022-05-11 at 7.32.39 AM

Strong storms impacting southern MN Thursday morning

The SPC says the storm will likely continue producing isolated large hail.


Charges: Fitness worker went to 70-year-old's home, killed him with gunshot to arm

Investigators are still working to determine a motive in the case.


John DeFilippo's main objective is making the Vikings extremely explosive

The Eagles had 20 plays of 10+ yards in the Super Bowl, and DeFilippo knows how to work that magic.

Report: John DeFilippo is the new Vikings offensive coordinator

DeFilippo put himself on the fast track by coaching Carson Wentz and Nick Foles in Philadelphia.

Frustrated Vikings fans edit John DeFilippo's Wikipedia page

Apparently the football coach froze to death on Monday night.

In fear of season being 'wasted,' Zimmer chose to fire DeFilippo

Zimmer indicated that DeFilippo was the fall guy for a sputtering offense.

Vikings fire OC John DeFilippo after Seahawks loss

DeFilippo was widely criticized by Vikings fans after the 21-7 defeat.

5 need-to-knows about Vikings draft pick Mike Hughes

His college coach said he'll be one of the best corners in the NFL.

Vikings players start following Kirk Cousins on Twitter

Maybe they're DM'ing the soon-to-be free agent QB?