Not long after the news came down that Minnesota Vikings’ Offensive Coordinator Kevin Stefanski was being tabbed by the Cleveland Browns to fill the NFL’s last remaining head coaching vacancy, speculation began that the Vikings could be angling for a reunion with Pat Shurmur. Shurmur, who was fired as the head coach of the New York Giants after two seasons, experienced a great deal of success with the Vikings, helping to engineer a trip to the 2017 NFC Championship Game behind Case Keenum.
Those hopes were short-lived, however, as numerous outlets are reporting that Shurmur will instead be heading out west to be the Offensive Coordinator for the Denver Broncos. The Broncos fired their Offensive Coordinator earlier in the day on Sunday, and moved quickly to secure Shurmur’s services.
With Shurmur off the market, the best bet for the Vikings might be to give the job to one of the members of the Kubiak family that is currently on the staff, whether it is offensive “consultant” Gary or his son, quarterbacks coach Klint. Of course, it’s entirely possible that with the way they worked together in Minnesota, Stefanski could make an attempt to poach them to come with him to Cleveland. That’s a move the Vikings could block if they wanted to, however.
The 2020 season will be the first since 2005 that won’t have Kevin Stefanski on the Minnesota sideline in some form. Now, one of the favorites to replace him has quickly gone off the market. We haven’t seen any other speculation as to who the Vikings might be looking at to take Stefanski’s place at this time.