"I felt like there was a sense of urgency here in the last 3 weeks of the season of trying to improve offensively, especially and trying to win these final three games of the season".
With the Vikings still, somehow, in control of the second wild-card spot in the top-heavy NFC, Zimmer chose to fire DeFilippo and make quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski the offensive coordinator for the remainder of the season in a last-ditch attempt to create a spark for a sputtering unit.
The Vikings (6-6-1) have lost three of their past four games, with Cousins posting three of his five lowest passer ratings in those games, all on the road against postseason-bound teams.
"I'm not going to get into specifics about some of the things".
Zimmer said he didn't get any input from players before making the decision and informed the team of the move Tuesday morning. This man is one of the greatest COACHES, FATHER, HUSBAND, FRIEND, and PERSON in the world.
"A lot of the times he even sleeps at the office and goes straight to the office after a loss", she wrote. "I think he's a very good coach, and I think he'll be a coordinator again".
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Stefanski is his 13th Vikings season and is the longest-tenured member of the coaching staff.
Stefanski has been an assistant coach with the Vikings since 2006, surviving two head coaching changes.
Zimmer's first offensive coordinator was Norv Turner.
DeFilippo was hired after serving as quarterbacks coach of the Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia Eagles last season.
After entering November with a top-10 offense in the NFL, the Vikings have dropped to No. 17 in the league. 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. Stefanski has a reputation for being a quarterback guru as he was able to get borderline unbelievable play out of quarterbacks like Sam Bradford and Case Keenum.