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Every Tuesday morning Joe Oberle and I do our live morning show, “Morning Joes,” and on this week’s episode, we discussed the increasing push by fans/writers for the Vikings to fire first-year offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. I mentioned during our live chat during Monday Night’s game that if the Vikings didn’t get things together (after a slow start on offense) that the push would turn into a tidal wave. Apparently, that ended up being the case, as it was announced this morning that the Vikings were firing DeFilippo after only 13 games as their offensive coordinator.

This move was as necessary as it was huge, as the Vikings, who are playing for their post-season lives, have averaged only 12.8 points over the last four games. They also only put up 17 points total in their past two games.

Think about that for a second: this offense–with its shiny new quarterback, a pass-catching tight end who had 37 touchdowns before the season started (in seven seasons), the best wide receiver duo in the NFL in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, as well as a second-year running back that looks even more explosive this year than he did in the first four games of last season (before his season-ending injury)–was scoreless after three-quarters last night (against a Seattle defense that has allowed a decent amount of points this season) and would’ve remained shutout if not for a garbage time score.

Something had to change and that something was DeFilippo. It’s a stunning fall from grace, especially as he was mentioned as the rumored front-runner in the competition for the Green Bay Packers’ next head coach, and that’s something that every Vikings fan I’ve encountered since that story broke has said: “Yes, Please!”

I’m sure DeFilippo will get another gig somewhere as he’s too young and supposedly too talented to not get another shot (especially as he could and probably will blame this season on Zimmer, who has had another offensive coordinator–Norv Turner–leave mid-season).

DeFilippo will be replaced by Kevin Stefanski, who ironically started his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles (as an “Operations intern”), the same team that the Vikings snagged DeFilippo from. The word is that Eagles fans want DeFilippo back and that very well could happen, as there’s got to be no way that he lands a head coaching gig next season.

Speculation holds that Stefanski was Zimmer’s guy in the first place, but Zimmer was overruled by the higher-ups who felt that the Vikings needed to learn and steal from the Eagles team that decimated them in last year’s NFC Championship. Stefanski is the longest-tenured member of the Vikings coaching staff and was most recently the quarterback’s coach. He did amazing things with Case Keenum and Sam Bradford, namely in being a part of simplifying the offense (especially for Keenum) to focus on the strengths that those QB’s had. Considering the fact that head coach Mike Zimmer actually called Kirk Cousins at home a few Monday’s ago to ask if the offense was too complicated (or had “too much volume”), perhaps a more simply approach will be the key to fixing this broken Vikings offense.

Even if it doesn’t, the Vikings needed to change something, and it’s encouraging to see that they didn’t wait until the end of the season to do so. They are still a half-a-game ahead of the other potential wild card teams and this could be the spark the Vikings offense and namely Cousins needed to right the ship.

The aforementioned offensive roster shows that the Vikings do have a plethora of playmakers on their squad and, in my opinion, instead of trying to be clever, all they really have to do is run some neo-base stuff to allow their playmakers to simply make plays.

We’ll see if it works next week, but for now people in Vikingsland have a reason to at least be a tad bit excited–which is something I never would’ve expected after last night killed the last bit of hope that the Vikings could/would/should make a run this season.

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      Every Tuesday morning Joe Oberle and I do our live morning show, “Morning Joes,” and on this week’s episode, we discussed the increasing push by fans/
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      {{{ Think about that for a second: this offense–with its shiny new quarterback, a pass-catching tight end who had 37 touchdowns before the season started (in seven seasons), the best wide receiver duo in the NFL in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, as well as a second-year running back that looks even more explosive this year than he did in the first four games of last season (before his season-ending injury)–was scoreless after three-quarters last night (against a Seattle defense that has allowed a decent amount of points this season) and would’ve remained shutout if not for a garbage time score. }}}

      Great move to fire JD~I wish it hadn’t taken so long so Stefanski would have a little longer to work with the offense~He couldn’t change much but he could have tinkered with the OL scheme and how and when plays were being called~With JD it was a pass 80% of the time and the other teams defense knew it~

      It really am shocked that Cousins isn’t leading the NFL in INT’s with the way JD called games and the fact he seem to only ran the ball when Zimmer forced him to~The offense has been Crazy and for Good Reason~

      The defenses also knew the Vikings wanted to run the ball more of late because Zimmer keep talking about it for the last 4 or 5 week~ JMHO that should have been kept in-house but the press wouldn’t shut up about it so its kind of a double edge ~

      Maybe start Hill at right OT some and line O’Neill next to him as a blocking TE
      {{ because he is so mobile }}} until Morgan is 100%~ Morgan has been missed and needs to be resigned before he hits FA~By the way O’Neill played some TE in college and ran a 4.85 40 at the combines~Not bad for a guy 6’7″ and 297 lbs~The key is I don’t know about his hands but I do know he scored some TD playing TE~Hey other team are making use of 6 man OL this year and some vs our very own Vikings ~ This is a copycat league ~

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