Giants, Vikings left battling it out for Kevin Stefanski

Giants, Vikings left battling it out for Kevin Stefanski

Stefanski spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons as the Vikings' tight ends coach, was the running backs coach in 2016 and then began coaching the quarterbacks this season.

Already denied permission by the Vikings to interview and hire their quarterbacks coach, Kevin Stefanski, Shurmur could see his interest in Duce Staley blocked as well.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Vikings blocked the Giants from interviewing quarterback coach Kevin Stefanski, who was a guy NY was targeting to be its next offensive coordinator.

This is a double whammy for Stefanski considering the Vikings hired John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator over him.

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.

John DeFilippo stood on top of a double-decker bus with the rest of the Eagles, as they cruised through raucous downtown Philadelphia on Thursday to celebrate the franchise's first championship in 57 years. Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich was named Sunday as the Colts head coach after Josh McDaniels backed out of the job last week at the last minute. By all other accounts, Shurmur was a big reason for the improvements on the Vikings offense this season and he is now gone. If the Giants are able to hire Staley, a former running back, they likely would have to hire a separate quarterbacks coach. That way, Stefanski has a better, more informed hand in building his future as the next Vikings offensive coordinator-if that is what the Vikings are planning. I think he's always aspired to coach the quarterback, did an excellent job this year. "I'm a team player", DeFilippo said on a conference call with reporters.

Wentz was an NFL MVP award contender with 33 touchdown passes in 13 games in his second season in the league in 2017, until tearing the ACL in his left knee.

Although, I would give Stefanski assurances (in terms of more money, responsibility and maybe even a title change-such as assistant OC/quarterbacks coach) and then have him spend as much time as possible in 2018 learning everything they want him to about the offensive coordinator position. Meanwhile, the Giants started the season as Super Bowl contenders, and they won three games.

Heading into the playoffs, Keenum has nothing but praise for the Shurmur/Stefanski duo.

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