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Super Bowl could be final ride with Eagles for 1 coach

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Super Bowl could be final ride with Eagles for 1 coach

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Sunday's Super Bowl might very well be John DeFilippo's last game with the Eagles

He's not worried about that yet though. 

"You know what, my focus right now is I'm just concerned about this game on Sunday," DeFilippo said on Wednesday at the Mall of America. "That's my 100 percent focus."

The Eagles blocked DeFilippo from interviewing for the Jets' offensive coordinator position last offseason, but DeFilippo's contract is up after this season, so the Eagles won't be able to stop him again. If DeFilippo wants to leave for another offensive coordinator position, he can. The Vikings are reportedly interested in interviewing him for their vacant offensive coordinator spot.

For a while, though, it looked like the 39-year-old quarterbacks coach might actually end up with a head coaching job. Teams can't block coaches from interviewing for head coaching jobs even while still under contract, so DeFilippo interviewed with the Bears and Cardinals while they still had openings. 

A few years ago, before he came to the Eagles, DeFilippo interviewed for the then-vacant 49ers job before the team eventually hired Chip Kelly. 

"I felt like I was much better this go-around," DeFilippo said. "I felt very confident going into both interviews, felt confident coming out of it. I think it's like anything. I think the more at-bats you have, the better you get. I was confident coming out of that thing, explaining to the ownership and the management my plan for running a football team."

DeFilippo said that as someone with head coaching aspirations he was very prepared to explain to teams how he would run a franchise. 

It's not hard to figure out why DeFilippo's stock has been rising rapidly. First, he helped Carson Wentz take a jump from rookie to legitimate MVP candidate in his second season. And now he's helped Nick Foles get the team into the Super Bowl. That's really beefing up a résumé.

So teams came calling and DeFilippo went through the interview process a little deeper this time around. He maintains his focus remained on the Eagles the whole time, but it had to be tough.  

"We had the bye week, which helped," he said. "That really helped. If you have the right mindset in terms of focusing on the task at hand, it's really not that hard. The only time I really did not think about the Eagles the whole time during that deal was when I was in the room with those two teams. Other than that, I really didn't think much about it."

Eagles biggest Super Bowl underdog in nearly a decade

Eagles biggest Super Bowl underdog in nearly a decade

Two weeks is a loooooong wait, but if the opening line doesn't move between now and Feb. 4, the Eagles will be the biggest Super Bowl underdog in nearly a decade.

The Eagles open as 5½-point underdogs against the Patriots, according to Bovada. No team has been a bigger Super Bowl underdog since the Cardinals, who were 7-point dogs against the Steelers after the 2008 season.

The line could move, though. It already has, in a way. Last week, Bovada's pre-championship weekend odds pegged the Eagles at plus-7 if they were to face the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

If you got your money in on the Eagles last spring, you're loving life right now. The Birds were 50/1 to win the Super Bowl until the season began, and they were 40/1 as late as Week 3.

Super Bowl MVP
Courtesy of Odds Shark:

• Tom Brady: -150

• Nick Foles: 6/1

• Rob Gronkowski: 10/1

• Danny Amendola: 14/1

• Jay Ajayi: 16/1

• Dion Lewis: 16/1

• Brandin Cooks: 16/1

• Zach Ertz: 20/1

• Chris Hogan: 20/1

 Alshon Jeffery: 25/1

• James White: 25/1

• Rex Burkhead: 25/1

• Nelson Agholor: 33/1

• Torrey Smith: 33/1

 LeGarrette Blount: 33/1

You don't want to see this report about Eagles' QB coach

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You don't want to see this report about Eagles' QB coach

Highly regarded Eagles quarterback coach John DeFilippo is expected to get a second interview for the Cardinals’ head coaching job, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

DeFilippo, in his second year as the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach, interviewed for the Bears' head coaching job that went to former Eagles assistant coach Matt Nagy. He’s already interviewed once for the Cards' job that opened up when Bruce Arians retired. 

The Eagles blocked DeFilippo from interviewing with the Jets last year for their offensive coordinator job, but they’re not allowed to block anybody from interviewing for a head coaching job.

Since the Eagles are playing in the NFC Championship Game, the Cards aren’t allowed to interview DeFilippo until either the Eagles have a bye week or they lose, so either way it would be Monday morning at the earliest.

DeFilippo, 39, is the son of former Villanova athletic director Gene DeFilippo and played high school football at Radnor High in Delaware County. He played college football at James Madison, and he had coaching stops at Fordham, Notre Dame, Columbia and San Jose State along with the Giants, Raiders, Jets and Browns before joining the Eagles.

DeFilippo’s stock skyrocketed this year as Carson Wentz emerged as one of the NFL’s top young quarterbacks in his second year.

It also hasn't hurt that Nick Foles, despite modest stats, has kept the Eagles winning in Wentz's absence. The Eagles are 4-0 since Wentz's injury in games with postseason implications.