The Jaguars were already one of the favorite teams to land Nick Foles this offseason. And that was before they brought in his former QBs coach.
Now, John DeFilippo is heading to Jacksonville and it’s fair to wonder if Foles won’t be too far behind.
The #Jaguars are expected to hire former #Vikings OC John DeFilippo as their new offensive coordinator, sources say. Doug Marrone took his time with such a key hire, but when the deal gets done, he’ll have his guy.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 16, 2019
Foles and DeFilippo weren’t together long in Philadelphia. Foles came back in 2017 so the two worked together for just one season, but that season ended with Foles holding the Super Bowl MVP trophy. DeFilippo was highly regarded by the Eagles and by the quarterbacks in his meeting room.
This is what Foles said about DeFilippo late last season, when it became likely Flip would find a job elsewhere.
He grinds. 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.
DeFilippo, 40, might still be a head coach someday soon, but he’s going back to an OC position for now. He was the OC and play caller in Minnesota but was fired by head coach Mike Zimmer before the conclusion of the 2018 season.
Even before the arrival of DeFilippo, the Jaguars were clearly in the mix to get Foles.
Odds on Nick Foles' next team, per Bet DSI:— Nick Veronica (@NickVeronica) January 15, 2019
NY Giants +1000
Tampa Bay +2000
The real question would be whether or not they’d be willing to part with draft picks to get Foles or if he’d simply be a guy they might want to sign if he becomes a free agent.
The Eagles were able to get to an incredibly high level of play while DeFilippo was working with Foles, so it would make some sense for there to be a reunion in Jacksonville. It doesn’t mean this is where Foles will definitely end up, but there seems to be at least a little better chance after this move.
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