Another NFL coaching whiz became available on Thursday when the Vikings fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo -- and the Jets likely already have their eyes on him.
DeFilippo is expected to be on the Jets' shortlist to replace head coach Todd Bowles, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
The 40-year-old DeFilippo was the Jets' quarterbacks coach in 2009, and the team even tried to interview him for its offensive coordinator job in 2017 before the Eagles blocked him. DeFilippo helped develop QB Carson Wentz over two seasons in Philly, but his 2018 season with Minnesota was cut short due to a struggling, Kirk Cousins-led offense.
If the Jets are looking to find the next Sean McVay, Vacchiano notes, then DeFilippo figures to be the target. DeFilippo entered the NFL in 2005 with the Giants' offensive coaching team before stops with the Raiders, Jets, Browns, Eagles and Vikings.
Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski was promoted to replace DeFilippo as OC. Giants coach Pat Shurmur wanted Stefanski to be his OC in New York, but the Vikings denied the Giants permission to interview him.