The Minnesota Vikings have fired first-year offensive coordinator John DeFilippo following Monday’s 21-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the staff introduced Tuesday.
Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski has been promoted to change DeFilippo on an interim foundation and can deal with play-calling duties for the remaining three video games of the common season.
Minnesota will possible make the playoffs regardless of Monday’s loss to Seattle. However their possibilities at a future are bleak.
The Vikings offense has sputtered as of late, placing up 17 factors mixed in back-to-back losses to New England and Seattle. Minnesota has not been in a position to surpass 300 yards of offense in 4 of its final 5 video games and sits a 6-6-1, in line for the sixth seed within the NFC playoffs, going into Week 15.
DeFilippo was the fourth offensive coordinator to serve underneath head coach Mike Zimmer since his tenure started in Minnesota in 2014. He’s the second OC to depart a season early underneath Zimmer. Present Carolina offensive coordinator Norv Turner resigned in early November of his third season with the Vikings in 2016, a 12 months the Vikings began the season 5-Zero and slid to an Eight-Eight end.
After rating sixth in offensive effectivity underneath former offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur in the course of the 2017 season, the Vikings have tumbled to 24th this season with DeFilippo. A big drawback has been the dearth of a working recreation, because the Vikings have averaged simply 85.Four yards on the bottom per recreation this season, rating 30th within the league.
Whereas Minnesota’s O-line has struggled in safety all through the 2018 marketing campaign, hobbled by accidents and gamers being pressured to play out of place, quarterback Kirk Cousins has not been in a position to overcome what’s occurring in entrance of him.
On Monday evening, Cousins went 20-for-33 passing for 208 yards, a landing and a fumble that resulted in a Seahawks rating. The Vikings had been 2-for-10 on third down, Zero-for-2 on fourth down and failed to rating on 4 makes an attempt contained in the Seattle Four-yard line within the fourth quarter. THey had no conversions on their eight dropbacks on third and fourth down within the recreation, per ESPN Stats & Data.
Stefanksi, who has been with the Vikings since 2006 when he served as an assistant to head coach Leslie Frazier, was blocked by Minnesota from interviewing with the New York Giants to function Shurmur’s offensive coordinator. This will probably be his first time calling offensive performs within the NFL.