Jaguars To Hire John DeFilippo As OC

The Jaguars are expected to hire former Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo as their new OC, sources tell Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). DeFilippo beat out a small group of other candidates, including former Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell and former Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike McCoy

There were eye rolls around the football world when the Jaguars made contact with McCoy this week and there’s sure to be some eyebrow raises about their hiring of DeFilippo. DeFilippo was hailed as a quarterback whisperer in Philadelphia for his coaching of Carson Wentz and his ability to quickly get Nick Foles ready for primetime at the end of the 2017 season, but he flopped as the OC in Minnesota. The Vikings handed him a pink slip midway through the year as their Kirk Cousins-powered offense floundered.

DeFilippo will have his work cut out for him in Jacksonville. Many believe the Jaguars should move on from quarterback Blake Bortles, but releasing him would leave $16.5MM in dead money on the cap, which may ultimately tie them to the former first-round pick for another season. If they do let him go, they’ll have less money to fill holes elsewhere and that may mean relying on a rookie QB. The Jaguars have the No. 7 overall pick, which will probably be too late to land Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, the consensus top QB in this year’s draft.

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  1. KevDrew

    I will probably be the only one in the world to say this, but if we don’t get foles, I’d rather stick with bortles one more year, since he is a huge cap hit. If we get an o line that can block, receivers that don’t lead the NFL in drops, and have running backs who don’t change every week, I think bortles would finally be able to do something. He hasn’t had anything around him except for 3/4 of the season last year with fournette, and that was with Allen Robinson out the whole year. Go get help around him we will need for the future anyways, instead of just losing 16.5 million in dead cap space

  2. Rondon

    Zimmer had to have a scapegoat for the fact that once again, the Vikings’ O-line sucked. Blame it all on the OC.

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