Vikings deny Giants permission to interview Stefanski for OC job


New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur will not be bringing his old quarterbacks coach with him as offensive coordinator after the Minnesota Vikings denied the Giants permission to interview Kevin Stefanski, according to an ESPN report.

The denial is a bit of a surprise after Minnesota passed over Stefanski -- who is still under contract with the team -- to fill Shurmur's vacated offensive coordinator post. Instead, the Vikings hired former Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo for the job.

DeFilippo has drawn some head-coaching interest recently, so it's possible his stay in Minnesota doesn't last long.

Stefanski, 35, has been with the Vikings since 2006, serving as assistant to head coach, assistant QBs coach, tight ends coach and running backs coach before taking over the QBs job in 2017. He and Shurmur helped Case Keenum to a career season and an NFC Championship Game appearance, making Shurmur one of the league's hottest head-coaching candidates this offseason.

New York will now be looking elsewhere for an offensive coordinator, though whoever ultimately takes the job will not be calling plays -- Shurmur has said he intends to do so. The other major position that remains unfilled on Shurmur's staff is quarterbacks coach.

--Field Level Media

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