After the success of young, offensive minds such as Sean McVay and Matt Nagy, teams across the NFL are going to be searching for the next innovative head coach. Teams that are struggling on offense or are looking to develop a young quarterback will be hunting for the game's next great play caller. With the league becoming more pass-heavy and offensively dominant, it is hard to imagine many teams opting for defensive head coaches over some potentially brilliant offensive minds.
With that in mind, here is a list of five potential candidates who should garner some attention and interview for head-coaching jobs over the next few months.
John DeFilippo, Minnesota
One of the hottest names this offseason will be John DeFilippo of the Minnesota Vikings. He became a star in the coaching world as he helped develop quarterback Carson Wentz as a rookie. Then, in 2017, helped coach up Nick Foles to win a Super Bowl. That landed him a job as the Vikings’ offensive coordinator, where he has dramatically changed Minnesota’s offense. Outside of developing and coaching up quarterbacks, DeFilippo has had a lot of success as a play-caller.
What I love about DeFilippo is that he knows how to use the players on his roster to their fullest extent. The Vikings have had problems running the ball successfully this season, especially when Dalvin Cook has been out of the lineup.
Instead of running into a brick wall on every snap, DeFilippo has opened up the offense to feature his two outstanding receivers in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. The Vikings are now throwing the ball 67.3 percent of the time, the most in the NFL. On top of that, Minnesota has one of the best two-minute offenses in the league combined with a lethal attack in the red zone. When they protect Kirk Cousins, this offense can hang with any team in the NFL.
While there have certainly been bumps in the road, specifically on the offensive line, DeFilippo has helped the Vikings to overcome some of these obstacles as the team is still in contention for a playoff spot. If a team has a young quarterback they are trying to develop, DeFilippo may be the No.1 candidate on the market.