One remark stuck out when John DeFilippo recently cracked the book on the criteria important to him at quarterback as the new Vikings offensive coordinator.
Among the youngest quarter of NFL OCs, the 39-year-old DeFilippo still brings with him to Minnesota a well-traveled background featuring an array of quarterback talents and schemes. He's been a part of draft processes that led to Carson Wentz, Derek Carr, Mark Sanchez and JaMarcus Russell being early selections. DeFilippo also called plays for Johnny Manziel in his second season.
So DeFilippo's talk of mobility, or avoiding a lack thereof for the Vikings' 2018 quarterback, is more than lip service.
"Athleticism is a unique trait for a quarterback," he said. "There are different types of athleticism for a quarterback. There are guys like the Michael Vick types and those things. Then there are guys that have great athleticism moving their feet in the pocket that keep plays alive."