Arizona Cardinals Chatting with Former Vikings OC John DeFilippo

After getting fired as the offensive coordinator of the Vikings in December, John DeFilippo seemed to lose all the traction he had built as a young, hot-shot candidate to become an NFL head coach.

The 40-year-old could be back in the league very soon, though, and it could be with the Cardinals, Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic reports.

DeFilippo has interviewed with the team for its vacant offensive coordinator position, according to multiple reports. John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM was the first to report the news.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals apparently have hired a running backs coach, luring James Saxon away from the Steelers, according to NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala. Saxon has served in that role for Pittsburgh for the past five seasons.

Saxon played eight seasons in the NFL as a running back, spending time with Chiefs (1988-91), Dolphins (1992-94) and Eagles (1995) before beginning his coaching career at Rutgers (1997-98). He’s been a running backs coach in the NFL for 19 seasons, previously working for the Bills (2000), Chiefs (2001-07) and Dolphins (2008-10).

DeFilippo has been coaching for 19 years, 12 of which have been spent as an NFL assistant. He was a quality control coach for the Giants (2005-06), a quarterbacks coach for the Raiders (2007-08), Jets (2009) and Eagles (2016-17). He also served as the Browns’ offensive coordinator in 2015. Additionally, DeFilippo also has college coaching experience at Fordham (2000), Notre Dame (2001-02), Columbia (2003-04) and San Jose State (2010-11).

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