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Vikings new offensive coordinator DeFilippo describes his ideal quarterback

John DeFilippo celebrated a Super Bowl, then became an offensive coordinator, and now he will play a large role in the Minnesota Vikings’ biggest offseason decision: Selecting a quarterback.

The former Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach said on a conference call with the Twin Cities media on Friday that he expects to work with the front office and head coach Mike Zimmer to come to a consensus on which direction the team will go at the NFL’s most important position.

DiFilippo has worked with veteran and young quarterbacks along the way. Some have succeeded, some have not. He was in charge of helping JaMarcus Russell and Johnny Manziel in stints in Oakland and Cleveland, but was also tasked with Derek Carr and Carson Wentz.

Asked what the most important elements of a good quarterback are, DiFilippo named three aspects of a QB’s game that need to stand out in order to succeed.

— “Character is number one for me. If you have character at that position, you have a chance to succeed. If you don’t have it, you have zero chance to succeed. Number one we are going to look for a person that’s going to represent our football team the way and conduct himself the way we want both on and off the football field. That’s very, very important.

— “Number two, the three most important attributes of playing the quarterback position are decision making, timing and accuracy. So we’re going to heavily research into those three factors with whoever is the quarterback next year in Minnesota and really dig into those three areas.”

— “And finally, a guy that shows some form of leadership. You don’t need to be a rah-rah kind of guy all the time, but you need to show some form of leadership so other guys will follow you, look up to you and when times get tough will play for you. All those things I just mentioned are important components of the quarterback position.”

DeFilippo also discussed the need for athleticism at the QB position in today’s game.

“I think that’s part of it, there’s no doubt. And athleticism is a unique trait for a quarterback. There’s different types of athleticism for a quarterback. There’s guys like the Michael Vick types and those things and then there’s guys who have great athleticism moving their feet in the pocket keeping plays alive to extend plays. I’m not a big believer in quarterbacks who are a stick in the mud back there. They’re in cement back there at seven-and-a-half yards deep. Our quarterbacks are going to need to show some form of athleticism.”

The 39-year-old offensive coordinator received high praise for the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory. They were forced to turn the ball over to backup quarterback Nick Foles after likely MVP Carson Wentz went down with a season-ending knee injury in a game against the Rams.

DeFilippo turned to Foles to help determine what offensive strategies would help them continue to succeed on offense without their top QB.

“I sat him down and made him list me with our coaching staff, ‘What are your best concepts? What do you see yourself do well?'” DeFilippo said. “Because I’m not myself, Frank Reich, Doug Pederson, we’re not the ones out there throwing it. He is. So we sat down and spent time with Nick formulating game plans on what he felt comfortable doing. For me, that’s coaching. Why would you ask a player to do something that he’s not comfortable with? That’s good coaching to me. Nick was open and honest about things he was comfortable with.”

On the rise of Wentz from an up-and-down rookie to the face of the Eagles’ franchise, DeFilippo said Wentz learned from the mistakes in Year 1 to improve in Year 2.

“Situational football is a big part of winning games in the NFL. There were times where Carson wasn’t so great in situational football as a rookie. But he’s one of those types of guys who writes things down, he logs things in the back of his memory. He’s not what I call a ‘repeat offender.’ He’s not going to make the same mistake twice….he and I had a very long sitdown at the end of last year on five or six things that we really needed to focus on in the offseason and he really bought into those five or six things. I know that was a small piece of his success this season. The major piece was just getting him in there and letting him make mistakes and letting him make great plays. You can’t discount us throwing him in there and letting him play.:

The Vikings will have plenty of options at QB in 2018. Teddy Bridgewater, Case Keenum and Sam Bradford are all free agents beginning in March and there will be other quarterbacks available like Washington’s Kirk Cousins.

DeFilippo has worked with Josh McCown in Oakland and Cleveland. He might be a candidate for the backup QB position.

  • Jo 6-pack

    So bye-bye Case and hello again Teddy.

    • Corn Bread

      That’s not a horrible assumption based on how he answered

    • Drediock

      Teddy has down field accuracy problems.
      This may end up Cousins after all

      • Tony Rossi

        True, but I think Cousins is just as likely to make questionable decisions as Keenum would, I don’t have the stats on their INTs, just an eyeball test.

        • Drediock

          Cousins numbers pretty much confirm that. I’ve been pointing out that Cousins career INT% is far worse then Keenums. He is also prone to fumbling and has a habit of doing either in critical situations.
          However he does show the other intangibles.
          Each QB has their plus’s and minuses that can be rationally argued.
          The question is. Which traits is the organization willing to deal and gamble on with and/or they think they can coach up?
          The two largest gambles are on Bradford and Teddy. Teddy is the largest gamble on the list as was made evident by him being inactive for the playoffs.
          We dont know if he will be the Teddy of old extending plays with his legs, Accuracy on deep balls is a concern
          Braford with his sniper like accuracy I think is probably the best QB being discussed. However, his success wlll depend on a good line and well,… there is his knee.
          the Vikes should be able to to get either or both back on the cheap. but either is a HUGE gamble at this stage of the teams development and window of opportunity
          Case and Cousins both are a clean bill of health and have proven they can stay that way.
          both have similar traits both good and bad, with Cousins having the stronger arm. But for all the criticism he receives. Case doesnt give the ball to the other team nearly as much
          Case has that weird as Zimmer put it “Horseshoe” factor going for him
          The major differences are missing plays down the field. Cousins sees them better then Case. And cost. Cousins will be FAR more expensive.
          To me Case is the better option. Case has had terrible coaching in the past as well as been on terrible teams Case’s short comings can be coached. And I think he’s earned a chance.

          • Tony Rossi

            You make a strong argument for Keenum. Well stated. I love Case’s elusiveness, & toughness. He hasn’t had much support as you’ve pointed out. Do you think he was at his peak, or can he get better? Some feel his ceiling as far as how far he can carry a team was reached this year.

          • Drediock

            I think all QBs can get better. For that matter all players can get better. I think even Brady would agree to that. If he has peaked or not is anyone’s guess and it yet another question that can be asked about any QB.
            Cousins though for sure has been the beneficiary of good QB coaching even when he hasnt had the surrounding team. The QB coaching has been superior to what Case had till this year.
            Coaching can be HUGE in a players development. Just look at what happend in LA with essentially was little more then a coaching change. Or look at what Zim manages to do year in and year out wherever he has been.
            I think Case deserves a shot at a full offseason and pre season with the same cast.
            I know he and Theilen put in extra after practice work very early in the season. that obviously payed huge dividends. And the chemistry with Diggs seemed to pick up as the season progressed. I’d like to see what he can do with an entire off season.

  • styx rogan

    perfect coach 4 the defacto qB Teddy Bridgewater

  • Gordon Guffey

    I could see Josh McCown cause Teddy nor Sam will want the gig as backup ~ However when they dont see the rest of the NFL beating down their doors and backing Brinks truck up loaded with cash they might wished they had worked something out with the Vikings ~ Case is going to get paid by someone even if its not the Vikings ~

    • cka2nd

      I don’t think either of them are expecting even a Mike Glennon-style deal. They’re both smart enough to know that a moderate base salary with tons of incentives is what they can most likely get. In other words, something between Keenum’s deal with us and Glennon’s with the Bears.

      • Gordon Guffey

        The great thing about FA is it gives us some idea where the team believes they need help ~ I could see them adding either a good right OG or right OT and move Remmers to right OG ~ They really missed Easton and no one on the roster made the kind of impact he did ~ I’m not saying he wasis a All Pro ~ But he was the best left OG on the roster ~

  • Luis “TGO Fate”

    Honestly, I see no way Keenum comes back to the Vikes unless he signs a significantly smaller contract than what everyone expects him to get in FA. Bradford might be back, IF he takes a contract similar to what Keenum signed this past year. I get the feeling our QB room is gonna feature Bridgewater, McCown, Sloter, and a draft pick.

    • cka2nd

      “I get the feeling our QB room is gonna feature Bridgewater, McCown, Sloter, and a draft pick.”

      I could live with that, although I’m not keen on using a high draft pick, especially if the coaches are confident in Sloter’s development.

      • Gordon Guffey

        Good points cka2nd ~ I’m not sure who they will keep ~ Its going to be a fun offseason for sure ~ I look forward to watching it all play out ~

      • Drediock

        Considering we are far below the number of Draft picks Speilman likes to have I doubt we are going to use one on a QB. Particularly with the kind of money we threw at Sloter. they must think something of him.
        Teddy is an option they can get away with if they want to go cheap. the Vikes have all the leverage with him as its unlikely he is going to command any serious money in free agency and almost certainly wont be promised any starting position.

        • cka2nd

          The most interesting potential landing spot I’ve heard of for Bridgewater is Pittsburgh, as heir to Big Ben. Kind of hard to turn down one more year on the bench sitting behind a future Hall of Famer who’s openly considered retirement, especially when the organization is one of the handful that is considered better than your own. If I had to guess, Teddy isn’t going to be Case Keenum 2017 cheap; he’ll get a high-end back-up’s salary with incentive clauses and/or re-negotiating options for both sides that would allow his salary to ramp up pretty quickly to a starter’s. Like Bradford, he’ll probably have to accept incentive clauses in any of his future contracts based on actually being healthy enough to play but, at least initially, it will be structured to include the possibility of starting.

          • Drediock

            First Ive heard of the Steelers connection. But your rational does make sense

      • Luis “TGO Fate”

        I don’t think a high draft pick will be used on a QB unless Lamar Jackson is still available when it’s our turn to pick.

    • Tony Rossi

      Same

  • Gordon Guffey

    2. Overlap with Sparano and Murray

    DeFilippo’s second stint in Oakland overlapped with Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano and running back Latavius Murray from 2013-14.

    Sparano was assistant head coach and offensive line coach from 2013-14 and became interim head coach on Sept. 30, 2014.

    Murray was drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft but spent all of that season on injured reserve. He returned to action in 2014 and rushed 82 times for 424 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and two touchdowns.

    http://www.vikings.com/news/article-1/5-Things-to-Know-About-New-Vikings-OC-John-DeFilippo/8ede13af-e98d-48b8-b62f-70a29dce6a20

    • Mark Blackwell

      Bridgewater will start. Sloter will back up.

      • Drediock

        Based on what he said I dount Bradord will be the starter. sound slike he want a QB that isnt a as he put it “stick in the mud” At his best we couldn’t. call Bradford fleet of foot.

      • Gordon Guffey

        I wouldn’t bet on any of the QB’s from the 2017 roster making the cut ~ I dont see them hitching their wagon to a QB who hasn’t played in two years ~ But I could always be wrong ~ However I dont see the fact that they brought Sam back just as soon as they could from IR for the playoffs ~ If Teddy had shown anything after being activated after week 6 he should have been the guy ~ That should have been more than enough time for him to learn the offense ~ Wouldn’t it ???? ~ But he wasn’t activated ~ Thats what I’m basing my gut feelings off of and thats all we fans really have at this time ~

      • Cory Sullivan

        ….based on what? ….because you like Teddy? Do you know ANYTHING about football or QB’s? His throwing motion is slower than Tebow. Teddy now will not be a threat to run…..ever. His knee is as fragile as Bradfords. How can you not even CONSIDER a guy who led this team to the 2nd best overall record in franchise history? ….because of a game where his coaches couldn’t match wits with the Eagles? Give me a break. Teddy is never going to be a starter with any weight in the NFL again…..and it sucks because he’s a great guy.

        • Tony Rossi

          Good point on not discounting Keenem, but I disagree on the dependability of Teddy & Sams knees. Sam, I think, has has both ACLs done, one of them maybe twice, or at least a clean up this year as a 2nd or 3rd procedure on that knee. Teddy was cleared to play. He was healthy enough to practice and be active behind Case for the 2nd half of the season. This was his only knee surgery, and yes it was a huge deal. But it was supposed to take this long, or even longer. Look at how many QBs wear knee braces and still get it done. Brady, Rivers, Flacco(well his knee isn’t keeping him from being “elite” anyway). Those guys are older and way more established, but I think Teddy can move enough(Iv’e always liked his pocket presence) to get it done.

    • Drediock

      Good breakdown.
      They were talking similar observations on 9-noon yesterday.
      The only downside I see to DeFilippo. Is he has already been interviewed for HC positions and if we do well. We will be looking for another OC in another year or two.
      On the up side. No matter who the QB is he is likely to get better (provided healthy)
      and Zim gets to study the intricacies of the offense that obliterated and imbarrassed his defense. Which I think was probably a deciding factor for Defilippo being chosen over the other candidates.
      Im also goingot guess that because of the liklihood of him moving on in a year or two that the Vikes refuse to allow Stefanski to make the move to the Giants and instead give him a major raise to stay witht eh understanding that if /when Defillipo make his next move that Stefanski would inherit the position. Which I think would be best for Stefanski too as it would give him experience at yet another offensive philosophy.
      Also the move to NY would make little sense for Stefanski because he likely would be an OC in name only.

      • Gordon Guffey

        I totally agree Drediock ~ !!!

        • Drediock

          And it would appear I am right on Stefansk.
          I love when I can do Collers job better then Coller. LMAO

          • Gordon Guffey

            Again I totally agree ~ LOL ~ Coller is always reaching for something out of reach or out of this world ~ And sometime out of his head to boot ~

  • Gordon Guffey

    Posted: 4 hours ago

    19 min. audio

    DeFilippo on Choosing The Vikings, His Offense, QB Position
    New Vikings Offensive Coordinator John DeFilippo addressed the media via a conference call on Friday.
    http://www.vikings.com/media-vault/audio/DeFilippo-on-Choosing-The-Vikings-His-Offense-QB-Position/22822bfc-597d-46e0-9c9d-0d1e39160096

  • Gordon Guffey

    “At the same time, obviously, there are a lot of good things that the Minnesota Vikings did that we are going to continue to do,” DeFilippo said.. “We are going to mesh a bunch of different ideas and things that the players will be comfortable with, number one and things the coaching staff will be comfortable with, number two.”

    He said he will bring elements of the Eagles’ high-powered offense — as well as other schemes in which he has worked — to Minnesota.

    http://www.startribune.com/vikings-offensive-coordinator-john-defillipo-wants-to-put-his-mark-on-team-s-already-improved-offense/473617523/

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  • Bob T.

    With the hiring of Flip, I don’t see any of our 2017 QBs being here outside of Kyle. I was a Keenum guy, but what I know about Defilippo, the Viking organization,and the philosophy, I just don’t see any of the big 3 staying. Don’t worry, I really doubt Foles will be the Vikings QB either. I don’t have access to a Vegas bet( that I am comfortable with) before the 14th of March, but I would bet on Kirk as the starterin 2018. #2? My GUESS is Sloter. Is John going to be our QB “Guru”? It wouldn’t shock me if they brought in the 40 year old McCown. Personally, I would NOT take Josh and grab Price or Wynn with 1st draft pick and a QB with the 2nd. Do you believe in your new O.C.? Was he a QB coach before he came to Minnesota? Again, Do you believe in our new O.C.? I do.

    • Bob T.

      The only problem with this, is Sloter having to be #2 for 5 yrs minimum.

    • Marc Spector

      Cousins #1, Bridgewater #2 if tolls but would trade him, and Sloter #3.

    • Cory Sullivan

      If the Vikings are STUPID enough to pay of Cousins, I will be a Packer fan for the first time in my life. Cousins is not worth it….not for a minute is he worth it.

      For those of you stating Bridgewater, you know nothing about football. Never ONCE has a QB been off the field for 2 years and come back to be a top rated QB. That stated…..Teddy is great. He’s a great guy….but he’s never been close to the QB he was hyped to be after that 3rd preseason game in 2016. It was Preseason…..and his throwing motion is slower than Tebow’s.

      • Bob T.

        My response to your comment that pertains to me, is that I don’t know what the number is that you find STUPID, but there is a pretty good chance that what the Vikings offer him will be the normal price for a long term deal. Maybe, your wages don’t rise with time, but in the N.F.L. they do. The QB position is the highest paid position for a reason. I think Cousins gives the Vikings the BEST chance to win the trophy. Pay him and in 4 years you will see how cheap his contract is. What are you going to pay Aaron in 2 years? I think he gets 22 right now. Good luck looking good in those ugly colors.

  • David Prestin

    They will tag keenum or Bradford and draft qb of future. Or sloter is already considered the future

  • Tom Gerber

    The athleticism describes Keenum. Good movement in the pocket to keep plays alive. Also describes Teddy pre-knee. Now who knows.

  • Rod Morgan

    QB traits listed: leadership, character, athleticism..all describe Keenum.. however, accuracy, timing and decision making very clearly do not… The more I think about our QB situation..it has to be Bridgewater or cousins…McCown would be an ideal backup..much better actually than our backup last year….

    • Tony Rossi

      What you just said…. is EXACTLY what I would have said, only not as well as you. Well stated.

  • Scott Grudziadz

    Why would a guy go from winning organization to a loser

    • ST

      Why were the Philadelphia Eagles always a losing organization until they won the Super Bowl this year?

  • Andre Esters

    Sounds like a Cousins or Bridgewater kind of party…

  • fan2long

    Since we are all talking with lack of any insider knowledge (I assume). Here are my 2 cents. Sam, after not getting a “starting” guarantee will seek FA. Results: I hear you knocking but you can’t come in. He opts to listen to Vikings offer.” Earn it.” Teddy (my opinion remember) does not even factor in. He lands somewhere else. Buffalo or Cleveland? Case is “Shurmerized” and gets chance at starters role in Giants rebuild. Enter Mr. Cousins. He is paid BIG by Vikes and runs new offense, with Sam as backup and Sloter as heir apparent.And remember the funniest thing about all of this is NONE of us have a clue. ha,ha. The fun of off season.





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