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Eagles lose key member of coaching staff

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Eagles lose key member of coaching staff

Winning a Super Bowl doesn't come without a cost. 

With confetti still being cleaned off Broad Street from Thursday's parade, the Vikings are hiring away a key member of the Eagles' coaching staff.

Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo is going to be Minnesota's new offensive coordinator, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. DeFilippo will take over for Pat Shurmur, who left the position to become the Giants' head coach. 

While preparing to face the Patriots, DeFilippo already knew the Super Bowl could be his last game with the Eagles. 

"You know what, my focus right now is I'm just concerned about this game on Sunday," DeFilippo said last week. "That's my 100 percent focus."

Losing the 39-year-old DeFilippo is going to be tough for the Eagles. Not only did he help Carson Wentz become a possible league MVP in Year 2, but then also helped prepare Nick Foles to take over and become Super Bowl MVP. 

"He grinds," Foles said about DeFilippo toward the end of the season. "He puts us through some stuff, which is awesome.

"He's a great coach. I know he's focused on us right now, but I also know he's going to be a great head coach someday, and I'm excited for his opportunity."

The Eagles thought enough of DeFilippo last offseason that they blocked him from interviewing for the Jets' offensive coordinator position. But this offseason, his contract was up, so the Eagles couldn't stop him from leaving. 

For a while, it actually seemed like DeFilippo might have a chance to become a head coach. The Cardinals and Bears both interviewed him for their head coach vacancies. Really, it seems like just a matter of time before a team hires him to take over. 

The Colts still seem interested in Frank Reich as a possible head coach, so this could  all work out terribly for the Eagles, timing-wise. Had Reich been hired earlier, the Eagles could have promoted DeFilippo to keep him. But now, they've already lost DeFilippo and still appear in danger of losing Reich. 

The top in-house assistant candidates to replace DeFilippo are Press Taylor and Mike Groh. Taylor has been the team's assistant quarterbacks coach since 2016. This past season was Taylor's fifth overall season in Philly. He began as an offensive quality control coach in 2013 under Chip Kelly. Groh is the team's wide receivers coach but has a quarterback background and is the more experienced of the two. 

Josh McDaniels' 180 impacts Frank Reich, Jim Schwartz, John DeFilippo

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Josh McDaniels' 180 impacts Frank Reich, Jim Schwartz, John DeFilippo

There's been nonstop euphoria around these parts for three days now and nobody is really thinking about the future yet. 

Most of us are still processing this.

On Tuesday, Roob laid out how the Eagles are going to be really good for a really long time because of how many key players they have locked up the next three seasons.

Another benefit of the Eagles' winning it all was that all the head coaching vacancies were filled during their playoff run. Great news for the Eagles in terms of keeping defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, offensive coordinator Frank Reich and potentially QBs coach John DeFilippo.

... Not so fast.

Patriots OC Josh McDaniels shockingly spurned the Colts, reneging on his verbal agreement to become their head coach mere hours before his scheduled press conference in Indianapolis. Thus, a job is back open.

Indy's interest in an offensive-minded head coach probably means they won't be hiring Schwartz, though they may be back at Square 1 right now and looking for the best possible candidate.

Reich becomes an appealing option, and according to two NFL Network reporters, he is on the Colts' short list. Adam Schefter is reporting Reich will interview with the Colts on Friday, the day after the Eagles' parade.

Reich and DeFilippo couldn't possibly have had stronger seasons, helping Carson Wentz to near-MVP honors and then Nick Foles to a dynamic playoff run. Even if DeFilippo doesn't get the Colts gig, he's a good bet to be hired somewhere as an offensive coordinator.

The Vikings still want to talk with DeFilippo about their OC opening. (Pat Shurmur left to become the Giants' head coach.) However, Minnesota is not permitted to speak with DeFilippo until 10 days after the Eagles' season ended. They have already formally requested an interview with DeFilippo, according to Schefter.

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."