The news cycle keeps spinning in Duval. Let’s get to it!
The Jaguars reportedly interviewed the former Vikings offensive coordinator for the same position over the weekend. This according to Jeff Prosser of 1010XL. He was fired just 13 games into his stint with the Vikings. There were clearly some philosophical issues there. Even though players like Adam Thielen came to DeFilippo’s defense, it wouldn’t save his job in Minnesota. It seems the biggest reasons for his firing was the lack of a rushing attack throughout the season. But prior to his disastrous 2018 season, DeFilippo was considered a strong head coaching candidate of the future. Before joining the Vikings he served as the Eagles QB coach in 2016 and 2017, where he enjoyed lots of success. The Eagles offense wasn’t the same without him in 2018. Before that he was the Browns offensive coordinator in 2015. He also worked with Derek Carr in Oakland before landing the Browns gig. It seems likely that DeFilippo will get another shot to be an offensive coordinator in this league, but whether or not it’s for Jacksonville remains to be seen. Not being able to establish a running game won’t be an option in Jacksonville. Football Czar Tom Coughlin and Doug Marrone have a strong belief in establishing the run.
The Jaguars interviewed former Buccaneers offensive coordinator, Todd Monken, last week for the same position. Now he’s off the market. Monken signed on with the Browns to lead an offense featuring rising star Baker Mayfield. It’s hard to blame him. The Jaguars now have Darrell Bevell and the aforementioned John DeFilippo on their radar as guys they have interviewed for the job. Bevell has a more impressive coaching track record, but DeFilippo has done some nice things in this league himself.
It’s the final day for Kyler Murray to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. Reports that surfaced via the San Francisco Chronicle last week claimed that Murray was expected to enter the Draft and give up his Major League Baseball career. But on Sunday, just one day before the declaration deadline, more reports surfaced that Murray was essentially telling the Oakland A’s, who drafted him 9th overall in the most recent MLB Draft, that he needed a $15 million contract in order to stick with baseball and forgo the NFL Draft. Stay tuned for more on this one and if you’d like to learn some more about Murray, you can check out my recent article.