Vikings Deny Giants ability to Interview and Hire OC

Jan 14 2018 Minneapolis MN USA Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Stefanski is expected to continue to coach quarterbacks under Vikings new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, forcing NY to look elsewhere. With Stefanski out of the running, the Giants could turn to Eagles RBs coach Duce Staley as a fallback.

The offensive coordinator job with the Giants does not include play-calling duties.

ESPN's Jordan Raanan reports Staley remains under contract with Philadelphia and that New York's NFC East rival could deny them a chance to interview him.

Shurmur does have most of his staff together with the Giants.

Shurmur and Stefanski first met with the Eagles 2005, when the former was quarterbacks coach and latter was an operations intern.

Stefanski, 35, has spent the past 12 years filling various roles on Minnesota's coaching staff, most recently serving as their quarterbacks coach in 2017.

Stefanski and Shurmur were known to have a strong working relationship, but the Vikings chose to deny that reunion, a somewhat surprising outcome given Shurmur's relationship with the organization and Stefanski losing out to former Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo for a similar job. Shurmur intends to call plays in NY, much like he did for most of the past two seasons in Minnesota.

Former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is a candidate to watch now that the Indianapolis Colts have officially hired Frank Reich to be their head coach. Stefanski can't get the promotion he wanted after the Vikings passed over him for the same promotion? Minnesota's offense finished last season ranked 10th in the National Football League with 23.9 points per game.

Perhaps the Star Tribune's Ben Goessling has it right that DeFilippo, who has already been on other teams' radar as a future head coach (both Chicago and Arizona reportedly interviewed him), may not be around after next season, and there would be an opening at OC for Stefanski. I certainly support a person's ability to find a new and better job and be able to leave their current organization he is with to do so. "I'm a team player", DeFilippo said on a conference call with reporters. Foles was named Super Bowl MVP for his performance against the Patriots.

Reich has reportedly reached out to the Chargers seeking permission to talk with wide receivers coach Nick Sirianni, with whom he worked a few years back.

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