When the Minnesota Vikings made the call to hire former Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo as their new Offensive Coordinator, the assumption that many. . .including myself. . .made was that Stefanski would go on to be the Offensive Coordinator for the New York Giants, joining Pat Shurmur at his new job.
Well, you know that old saying about assuming.
Vikings denied permission for Giants to interview and hire their QB coach Kevin Stefanski as their OC, per league source. Stefanski stays in Minnesota, Giants still need an OC.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 10, 2018
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Vikings have denied the Giants an opportunity to interview Stefanski, meaning that Stefanski will remain with the Vikings, presumably at the same position.
It’s obvious that the Vikings have a pretty high regard for Stefanski’s work as a coach. After all, he’s been with the team through three different head coaching regimes. But they apparently didn’t think enough of him to promote him to the Offensive Coordinator spot.
While I like the fact that Stefanski is staying, I’m not sure how I feel about the team preventing him from moving up in the coaching ranks, even if it is with someone else. Yes, he’s under contract, but I know that we’d be angry if someone did this to the Vikings for a coach they were interested in.
However things shake out, it appears that Kevin Stefanski is going to continue to coach the quarterbacks for the Minnesota Vikings. Now we just need someone to figure out who that quarterback (or those quarterbacks) will be.