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Jaguars dismiss offensive coordinator John DeFilippo

1/13/2020 10:57:54 AM
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo according to the team's official Twitter account.

The Jags tried to soften it by calling DeFilippo's sudden departure a "mutual" parting of ways, but it seems clear that it in fact a dismissal after only one season on the job.  The ouster is a bit of a surprise after DeFilippo seemed to do an excellent job of rebounding from the loss of big-ticket free agent QB Nick Foles in the first game of the season to coaxing a productive season out of sixth-round rookie QB Gardner Minshew.  

Only a few years ago the 41-year-old DeFilippo was considered one of the rising offensive minds in the NFL and even got a few head coaching interviews.  He is considered a quarterback guru and gained fame as the QB coach for Carson Wentz and Nick Foles during the Eagles' magical Super Bowl run.  His star has fallen considerably since then, however, and was capped off by a disastrous 13-game run as The Vikings' OC in 2018.  That debacle seemed to primarily be a clashing of philosophies with old-style coach Mike Zimmer, who wanted to focus on running the ball and playing defense while DeFilippo favored a more creative passing game.  Perhaps his stint in Jacksonville was always doomed as the Jags also want to play that old-style kind of football-although the Jags defense rarely stopped anyone in 2019 and the offensive line did a poor job of blocking  in the running game.

DeFilippo's firing can be at least partially attributed to job preservation on the part of Doug Marrone, who is well aware that another disappointment in 2020 would assuredly spell the end of his Jaguars tenure.  But former rising star DeFilippo has now become a journeyman who has been dismissed from his last two jobs and is going to be seeking his sixth team in seven seasons.  He may need to step back to become a position coach to rebuild his reputation but any team in need of someone to develop their young quarterback would be wise to take a look at him.

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