A grueling search for the Jaguars next offensive coordinator has finally come to an end. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Jaguars are set to hire former Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.
The Jaguars interviewed/spoke to a laundry list of candidates. After several were plucked off the market by other teams, they finally settled on DeFilippo (40), who was fired mid way through the 2018 season by the Vikings. The main reason for his firing was the inability to establish a run game.
But prior to his disastrous season — from a pereception stand point — in the great white north, DeFilippo was among the hot names to become a head coach in 2019. In the seasons before he landed the Vikings offensive coordinator job, he worked with the Eagles, where he coached Carson Wentz and Nick Foles as their QB coach. He spent 2015 coordinating the Browns, where he helped Josh McCown to one of his best seasons before he sustained an injury, and before that he spent three seasons in Oakland as the QB coach. His final season for the Raiders was Derek Carr's rookie season, in which Carr thrived.
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DeFilippo has done a nice job working with rookie and veteran QBs in this league. His two most notable success stories were with Derek Carr and Carson Wentz, both of whom had tremendous success with DeFilippo as their QB coach.
As an OC he's certainly seen less success, but he hasn't been a complete dumpster fire. The Vikings were middle of the road in total offense during his brief time there, but they finished a respectable 13th in passing yards per game. Kirk Cousins had a highly efficient season under DeFilippo and its hard to blame him for the unfortunate injury situation that Dalvim Cooke faced in 2018. During his lone season with the Browns as their OC he guided them to the 25th ranked offense, but had much less than ideal talent on that side of the ball.
Now, in his third go round as an offensive coordinator in this league, he'll be tasked with getting the Jaguars offense back on track. In 2017 Jacksonville finished with the sixth best offense in all of football and were able to find balance in most contests. 2018, however, was a different story. The Jaguars offense last season was, perhaps, the worst in franchise history. He'll also be in charge of getting the most out of the Jaguars new QB(s), whether that be a rookie, a veteran, or both.
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