The Eagles have denied the Jets' request to interview QB coach John DeFilippo for their offensive coordinator vacancy, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.
DeFilippo finished his first season as Eagles QB coach following one year as the Browns' offensive coordinator and three years as the Raiders' QB coach.
DeFilippo worked with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz in 2016, as the former No. 2 pick threw for 3,782 yards (most among rookies), 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions (tied for ninth in the league).
Former Jets OC Chan Gailey retired at season's end, and New York fired five positional coaches, including QB coach Kevin Patullo and RB coach Marcel Shipp, after they went 5-11 in 2016 and had the third-worst offense in the NFL.
(From Jan. 3) I was somewhat biased because DeFilippo and I both have the same alma mater. In fact, I went to games as a student and cheered for him as he ran the offense for my James Madison University Dukes. I believe I was in the same section of Introduction to Microeconomics as him as well … so … don't expect me to be impartial.
That said, Flip had ties to Jets already thanks to his days as a QB coaching assistant under Rex Ryan. Flip has jumped around as a young coach, but seems to have impressed at every stop, winding up as the OC under Mike Pettine in 2014 and most recently serving on Doug Pederson's coaching staff in Philadelphia.
Flip was everything the Jets would need to bring some hope for 2017: young, well-spoken, hard-working, insightful and grounded in tradition but willing to adapt to innovations and trends. He was the sort of addition who would've played well publicly while helping the team find a way forward with the talent they have while building back around the gaps.