Colts and Vikings Joining a Coaching Movement That Will Change the NFL – Bleacher Report

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If you are frustrated with the NFL‘s coaching status quo, you’re going to love the expansion of Eagles Incorporated. 

The Indianapolis Colts just named former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich as their new head coach, albeit after top choice Josh McDaniels was recalled to the Patriots mothership and left the Colts at the altar.

Last week, the Minnesota Vikings gobbled up former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, who helped develop Carson Wentz into an MVP candidate and rebuilt Nick Foles into the hottest thing since Jimmy Garoppolo, to be their new offensive coordinator.

On the surface, the hiring of Eagles assistants is just business-as-usual NFL copycatting and old-boy networking. You can almost hear Jim Irsay growling typical owner logic into his phone: Phooey with Josh McBelichick. Get me the other guy—the one who goes for all the fourth downs and runs that hot new play, the BTO or whatever.

Sure, the Vikings and Colts are pulling branches from the latest Super Bowl family tree. But that’s just the Trojan horse. Copying the Eagles means much more than filling the playbook with run-pass options or running new versions of the Statue of Liberty play at the goal line.

Teams that hire Doug Pederson’s assistants and sign on to Eagles Inc. may be getting something much better than what they bargained for: a whole new mindset for player development and team management; a refreshing new (wait for it) culture.

Four days prior to Super Bowl LII, I picked DeFilippo’s brain about working with different types of quarterbacks, and asked him the difference between working with a young scrambler and a veteran pocket passer. His response was enlightening and exciting.

“You never want to make a quarterback a robot,” DeFilippo said.

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