The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the final stages of hiring John DeFilippo as their new offensive coordinator, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
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
DeFilippo was the quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles last year, and was instrumental in helping backup Nick Foles lead this team to its very first Super Bowl championship.
Following his success in Philly, DeFilippo was hired to become the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings - who had signed Kirk Cousins to an $84 million contract. But after an embarrassing Week 14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, DeFilippo was fired and replaced by quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski - who has since been promoted to the OC position.
Jacksonville fired offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett after the team fell to 3-8 in November, forcing head coach Doug Marrone to find somebody else after the regular season.
The Jaguars offense is sure to look a lot different in 2018, as it's widely expected that the team will move on from quarterback Blake Bortles. The latter struggled throughout the season and was replaced by backup Cody Kessler.
Thus, DeFilippo will likely be tasked with building an offense around a new quarterback - whether Jacksonville looks to add a veteran or simply draft their new signal-caller. Either way, it's going to be a completely different look for the Jaguars on offense in 2019.
Jacksonville finished 27th in yards (302 per game), and 31st in scoring (15.3 points per game), only ahead of the Arizona Cardinals. DeFilippo struggled to help Cousins gain his Pro Bowl form in Minnesota, but perhaps a change of scenery with a different challenge will benefit him most.
What This Means
The Jaguars don't have a lot to offer on offense, outside of stud but oft-injured running back Leonard Fournette. Expect some upgrades at quarterback and wide receiver, as the 2017 AFC runner-ups look to get back into the postseason.