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Vikings fire offensive coordinator John DeFilippo after ugly loss to Seahawks

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, whose first season on the job ended after just 13 games amid a sharp decline in production by the offense over the past six weeks.

Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski was made interim offensive coordinator on Tuesday morning after a 21-7 loss at Seattle on Monday night. Stefanski will take over the play-calling duty from DeFilippo, whose work with new quarterback Kirk Cousins didn’t materialize into consistent success.

The Vikings (6-6-1) have been held to under 300 total yards in four of their past five games. They’ve scored an average of 12.8 points in those four games.
Stefanski has been an assistant coach with the Vikings since 2006, surviving two head coaching changes.

The Bears close their regular season Dec. 30 with a game against the Vikings in Minnesota.

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo looks at his play sheet during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, in Minneapolis. Minnesota's offense has been up and down this season under new coordinator DeFilippo and new quarterback Kirk Cousins, and the Vikings have had a lot of rough spots to try to smooth out down the final stretch. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn, File)