EAGAN, Minn. -- When the Minnesota Vikings lost offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur in the offseason with Shurmur becoming the New York Giants head coach, Minnesota looked to the team that ended its season for a Shurmur replacement.
The Vikings, who had lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC championship game, lured John DeFilippo away from Philadelphia. DeFilippo had been the Eagles' quarterbacks coach.
Minnesota also added a new franchise quarterback in Kirk Cousins and now Cousins and DeFilippo are running one of the league's top passing offenses so far this season. The Vikings are fifth in the league in passing yards -- part due to early deficits the past two weeks -- and Cousins is third in the league in passing yards.
Cousins, who came to Minnesota from Washington, talked Wednesday about the impact DeFilippo has had on his season.
"Well, he’s certainly given me a lot of opportunities, and we’ve been able to be explosive in the pass game," Cousins said. "He’s got a lot of guys involved as well. I just continue to try to, as you’re around new voices, new coaches, you’re able to pick up new things. So, I think you just add it to your toolbox. Many of the coaching points he’s given me are carry over from what I’ve learned under previous coaches. But occasionally you’ll get a few that are brand new and you’ve never heard before, so you just add it to your tool box. I think as you do, it makes you a better player because you have these additional influences being added into what you’ve already learn from a good number of mentors.”
The two will face a familiar foe this weekend when the travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles. DeFilippo will see his old team. Cousins will play Philadelphia for the eighth time in his career.
Cousins has completed 64.3 percent of his passes in seven games against the Eagles with 16 touchdowns to five interceptions and a 99.7 quarterback rating.