John DeFilippo reunion with Eagles now a possibility

Eliot Shorr-Parks
January 13, 2020 - 11:15 am

A very interesting name has been added to the Eagles search for a new offensive coordinator. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars have parted ways with offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, the Eagles’ former quarterbacks coach and the man credited with getting Carson Wentz to play at an MVP-level in 2017. DeFilippo left the team after the 2017 season, taking an offensive coordinator job in Minnesota before eventually landing in Jacksonville. 

Now a free agent, you have to think the Eagles will have a ton of interest in bringing DeFilippo back. 

One major reason is that owner Jeffrey Lurie is a huge fan of DeFilippo’s, so much so that he blocked him from interviewing with the New York Jets opening for an offensive coordinator job prior to the 2017 season. Lurie views DeFilippo as smart, working great with quarterbacks and being a natural leader. 

There are two potential issues with bringing DeFilippo back, however.

The first is whether Doug Pederson wants him back. It was Lurie who blocked DeFilippo from leaving prior to 2017, not Pederson. When DeFilippo was fired by Minnesota in 2018, Pederson said publicly he wouldn’t be bringing him back onto his staff. That could have been due to the timing (it was midseason) and the lack of an opening. Pederson passing, however, is noteworthy. 

Another issue could be that DeFilippo won’t be able to call plays with the Eagles, something he did in Minnesota and Jacksonville. Of course, there is no guarantee DeFilippo gets the chance at a job where he does call plays, considering he was fired from his last two jobs. 

If he doesn’t, you have to think he would jump at the chance to come back to Philadelphia, work with Wentz and rebuild his reputation around the league. 

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