Vikings block Stefanski from leaving for Giants

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Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski won’t be an offensive coordinator in 2018, after all.

The Vikings have blocked Stefanski from interviewing with the Giants for the vacant offensive coordinator position on the staff of former Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

It previously was believed that the Vikings either would make Stefanski Minnesota’s offensive coordinator, or allow him to become Shurmur’s in New York.

Teams have the right to keep a position coach from becoming a coordinator, even though the move constitutes a promotion. The only exception applies when the coach’s contract has expired.

For that reason, some assistant coaches choose to do only one-year contracts. If a coach opts for the security that comes from a multi-year deal, he must be prepared to honor his commitment.

71 responses to “Vikings block Stefanski from leaving for Giants

  1. I guarantee you I know why they did this. At first glance it might look like a dick move, but I bet you they’re only expecting Flip to be with them for one season and then he’ll get a head-coaching job somewhere next year. Then when that happens they’ll promote Stefanski the offensive coordinator after an extra year of grooming and he’ll already be familiar with the whole team and faculty

  2. So the Vikings block a move and everything is cool while McDaniels gets ripped for turning down a job?
    How many players get told “we’ll take care of you when the time is right” and then get released?
    I am with Florio on this as too many times I hear a player is not worth the contract. He’s worth whatever the owners are willing to pay and I don’t see too many owners going broke.
    If it’s Ok for the team it should be OK for the individual also.

  3. I think “saberwolf335” is right and I bet Stephanski is getting a pay bump as well. Maybe even some extra title. And this is nothing new. Teams seem to be increasingly doing this.

  4. He’ll probably get a raise and a new title to smooth things over. Rather than being a bad move for the Vikings, it tells Stefanski how much they value him despite hiring DeFilippo. They can work together and both prosper.

  5. How many practice squad players have to relocate their families a few times a year with a promise from a team?
    I call BS on it only works for the team and not the player.

  6. Did it ever occur to anyone that maybe Stefanski asked them to say no so it did not appear that he said no ty ?

  7. Two year contract for Flip…Stefanski stock on the rise…learn from Flip…Flip leaves…Stefanski next OC

  8. He signed a contract, he should honor it if Vikings feel his talent is needed.
    I know teams let some go sometimes, but they were probably already considering
    moving in another direction. The Vikings just lost their OC, They probably feel like they need some continuity this year.

  9. Stefanski just sent over a rare 1960 red blend to Zimmers ranch with a note on it that said ‘Thank You!’

  10. If the Viking valued Stefanski very much they would have made him the offensive coordinator instead of hiring somebody from another team.

  11. he screwed the assistants who passed on other jobs to work for him.
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    Pretty sure the NFL pays a little better than those assistant college jobs they had.

  12. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    February 10, 2018 at 6:08 pm
    I’m sure he’ll give them his very best next season.

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    Since he probably actually wants to keep coaching in the NFL and eventually get promoted….it would be a good business decision for him to do his best…

  13. At first I thought that this wasn’t a good move by the Vikings, but this now leads me to believe this means that at least one of the three QBs currently on the roster scheduled to be a free agent will be resigned during the next month. Keeping Stefanski gives the Vikings consistency and a bridge that DeFilippo will need this off season.
    I also am not sure that a OC position where you’re not actually calling the plays is actually a true OC position, and is more like an Offensive Assistant.

  14. Great news that the Vikings are keeping their coaching talent while raiding the Eagles of theirs. I think Stefanski gets the bit. He’s the OC in waiting until Flip gets a head coach gig or until his contract runs out. Meanwhile, he has a chance to win a Super Bowl, which he wouldn’t have with the Giants this year.

  15. Vikings are just getting even with Shurmur for stabbing them in the back. Pat had the first 25 plays scripted against the Eagles and they drove the length and easily scored. After that Shurmurs head wasn’t even in the same state. He was saving his call playing for a future NFC Championship game with the Giants. He didn’t even make any halftime adjustments!

  16. Pretty tough to draw conclusions without knowing the whole story, but that apparently hasn’t stopped most folks. Other than Norv, Zim has had a strong relationship and continuity with his coaches – I suspect Stefanski isn’t all that disappointed.

  17. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that it was to be with Shurmer. You already lose your OC to a team, how many other coaches are you going to give up to them?

    In the business world, there is a pretty clear standard. You can go and work for a competitor, but you can’t take any of our employees with you, and you can’t call our customers for (usually) a year. If you apply that here, Shurm can go and be a head coach, but you can’t take a bunch of Vikes coaches with him.

  18. Good. Smart move. DeFilippo will be here one year maybe two max and then the Vikes can promote Stefanski. They have kept him through several coaches and have invested a lot into him. He will continue to ascend in the Minnesota coaching ranks and will be the OC here within 2 years assuming DeFilippo does the job everyone thinks he will do.

  19. Funny how it’s okay for players to whine and complain if they don’t like their contract (we know this because every other article posted here is talking about how players aren’t making enough money), but when it’s a coach he “must be prepared to honor his commitment.”

  20. Was in Minneapolis yesterday and word @ the party I attended from people with some knowledge was Stefanski wanted to stay in Minny and Vikes intend to sign both Keenum and Teddy.

  21. One of the drawbacks to being successful if even for just one year. Other teams come around to pick your lunchroom refrigerator clean if you let them.

    The other drawback is that every player on the team wants their “payday”.

    I remember when the Seahawks came a tamperin’ on Mike Holmgren (and got away with it, I might add) and the Packers made him hang around another season more than he wanted to…and I have to say that the ’98 season (following the SB loss to Denver) was something less than stellar. Hard to compete if you’re the Green Bay Packers up against Paul Allen’s corporate jets, helicopters and $8 million per year (which was still real big money in ’98). I think that’s just a per diem in today’s NFL.

    Anyway, I don’t blame the Vikings organization for one minute.

  22. Um isn’t he under contract? So yeah I think they have a right to block the move. Also I don’t know if Flip is going to stay or not but maybe Zimmer might retire soon and the Vikings promote Flip. That’s what Id be hoping for if I was Viking Brass. But Zimmer will probably coach another 5 years knowing him. Stefanski who knows maybe he then becomes OC. But I heard on KFAN that Stefanskis had a bad interview ror the Vikings OC job.

  23. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 10, 2018 at 10:24 pm
    Great news that the Vikings are keeping their coaching talent while raiding the Eagles of theirs. I think Stefanski gets the bit. He’s the OC in waiting until Flip gets a head coach gig or until his contract runs out. Meanwhile, he has a chance to win a Super Bowl, which he wouldn’t have with the Giants this year.

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    The only thing I would worry about is if Pederson is the real driving force behind those QB’s being groomed. Flip might just be the next Ben Mcadoo.

    And I thought you already told us the Vikings will never win a Super Bowl. You must be feeling better now that the championship game hangover has subsided.

  24. The Vikings should do the right thing but their history shows, that is rarely done In Minnesota. So they force him to stick around for another year before he can escape. How would you like to be in his shoes? One magical year with a journeyman QB who finally displayed his journeyman skills in the last game only to be forced to come back to a team that doesn’t even have a QB under contract. Talk about getting the short end of the stick.

  25. blowfishes says:

    At first I thought that this wasn’t a good move by the Vikings, but this now leads me to believe at least one of the three QBs currently on the roster scheduled to be a free agent will be resigned during the next month. Keeping Stefanski gives the Vikings consistency and a bridge that DeFilippo will need this off season.

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    Yup. It’s becoming more obvious the Vikings plan to tag Keenum and hope Teddy’s contract tolls. This would allow them to resign the next batch of core players, sign Case to a long-term deal later, be competitive in the FA market and even move up in the draft. The security Bridgewater would bring to the QB position would be huge. Pretty sure he wouldn’t like the arrangement tho.

  26. Case gets tagged if a contract isn’t quite negotiated by tag time and Teddy will be paid above the toll. I doubt Teddy will have many suitors since the Vikings intentionally kept him under wraps past season so he’s an unknown quantity–to everyone but the Vikings that is. And here’s food for thought for the Packer fans coming outa the woodwork like rats: at least our coaching staff isn’t old retreads and Aaron can’t save everyone and mask every flaw. Uh-huh.

  27. This isn’t as “evil” as some people want to make it out to be. Stefanski has been with the Vikings for 12 years through three head coaches and has worked his way up the ranks. By most accounts he wants to stay in Minnesota. Sounds like the Vikes will give him a pay raise, let him learn from Flip and then take over as Vikings OC when Flip inevitably winds up as head coach somewhere in a year or two.

  28. First off….I didn’t think a coach could be blocked for ascending the coaching ranks. Maybe I’m wrong or he just wanted to stay in Minnesota.

    Second, I see Stefanski as the next Sean McVay -a young, energetic smart guy who will probably be a head coach candidate in the next year or two. You heard it here first!

  29. From an outsiders perspective like mine I’d have to think why would you not let someone pursue their best opportunity in life? This gives a clearer insight as to why nobody wanted to hire Zim as head coach all those years. Maybe they saw something like this in him. I’ve been disappointed in his coaching from the 5-0 cutting off the cat heads that turned into a 3-8 finish to after the Stefon Diggs TD where the whole week after he told the team they played terrible and lucky to win. Of course they tanked. They showed that they were not motivated that way the year prior yet Zim repeated the same exact mistake. Just like he repeated the same D the Saints carved up & gave the Eagles the blue print to how to beat them. Stubborn old fool.

    Well this is even more a dissapointment. No wonder the Eagles destroyed the Vikings. No wonder they’ve never won the Superbowl. It’s bad karma from this type of stuff.

  30. It’s almost like half of you didn’t even read the entire article. An asst coach signs a multi year deal for job security, but knows that this could happen. If he wanted the ability to leave in any given year, he would have signed a 1 year deal.

  31. vikesfansteve says:
    February 11, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Well this is even more a dissapointment. No wonder the Eagles destroyed the Vikings. No wonder they’ve never won the Superbowl. It’s bad karma from this type of stuff.
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    Yes, all teams should just have “good karma” and they will automatically win. That’s all it takes. Please, stop being a Vikings fan. You embarrass the rest of us.

  32. Don’t let this distract packer fans from the fact that they were kicked out of professional football in 1921.

  33. longtimefanh8tr says:
    February 11, 2018 at 11:01 am
    Who cares what the off season Champs do

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    Obviously you do, or you wouldn’t have taken the time to read and comment.

  34. LOL @ the Vikings fans who are just assuming that their offense maintains what it did last year going forward. There are some serious questions at several OL positions, not to mention the the looming questions at QB.

    My personal bet is that they’ll be bottom five again on the offensive side of the ball next year.

  35. “In the business world, there is a pretty clear standard. You can go and work for a competitor, but you can’t take any of our employees with you, and you can’t call our customers for (usually) a year.”

    Lol there are no such standards. If you’ve signed a non compete or non disclosure agreement that would typically prevent you from harvesting other employees or clients. If you haven’t there is absolutely nothing to stop you from doing so and it happens all the time.

  36. Wow. That is wrong on on so many counts. You pass over the guy you should have hired and then prevent him from advancing in his career elsewhere? I’m starting to think this season was the peak for my Vikes and things will go down hill pretty quickly.

  37. My personal bet is that they’ll be bottom five again on the offensive side of the ball next year.

    >>

    You also assured us the Packers would be just fine with Hundley, how he was going to surprise a lot of people and would easily be worth a 1st round pick.

  38. zerotrophiessince1961 says:
    February 11, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    My personal bet is that they’ll be bottom five again on the offensive side of the ball next year.
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    Considering Dalvin Cook will be ready to roll I’ll take that bet. The odds of the Vikings offense falling off that far are minuscule compared to the odds of the Packers defense being any better than Vikings scout defense.

  39. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 10, 2018 at 10:24 pm
    Great news that the Vikings are keeping their coaching talent while raiding the Eagles of theirs. I think Stefanski gets the bit. He’s the OC in waiting until Flip gets a head coach gig or until his contract runs out. Meanwhile, he has a chance to win a Super Bowl, which he wouldn’t have with the Giants this year.

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    You’re back on that, eh? You couldn’t win the Super Bowl with 1998 greatest offense ever, 2001 Randy Moss, 2009 Brett Favre, 2017 injuries to every important player from all other teams, but you’re going to win one because vikes made a d move to prevent Stefanski from advancing in his career. Makes sense.

  40. Well this is even more a dissapointment. No wonder the Eagles destroyed the Vikings. No wonder they’ve never won the Superbowl. It’s bad karma from this type of stuff.

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    Lmao the most recent team to do this to an assistant was Philadelphia when the Jets came knocking to hire DeFilippo as their o-coordinator last year.

    So this imaginary force called “karma” punished the Vikings for something they hadn’t even done yet, by making them lose to a team that did the exact same thing it’s punishing the Vikings for…..

    That’s some next level stupid fan nonsense right there. The Vikings exercised THEIR RIGHT to keep a good coach. I’m sure DeFilippo is happy the Eagles blocked him. Instead of jumping at the first desperate team to ask him to the dance and getting stuck with the Jets, he now has a Super Bowl ring and got to hand pick the team he would be the coordinator of, and is now considered one of the most sought after head coaching candidates out there.

    This move helps Stefanski more than it hurts him. Being the glorified coordinator of the Giants without play calling duties wasn’t that attractive of an opportunity

  41. johnnytarr says:
    February 11, 2018 at 4:01 pm
    Don’t let this distract packer fans from the fact that they were kicked out of professional football in 1921.
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    Did they let them back in so the league would survive, knowing that it couldn’t without them?

    Be thankful.

  42. andrwken says:
    February 11, 2018 at 10:14 am

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 10, 2018 at 10:24 pm
    Great news that the Vikings are keeping their coaching talent while raiding the Eagles of theirs. I think Stefanski gets the bit. He’s the OC in waiting until Flip gets a head coach gig or until his contract runs out. Meanwhile, he has a chance to win a Super Bowl, which he wouldn’t have with the Giants this year.

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    The only thing I would worry about is if Pederson is the real driving force behind those QB’s being groomed. Flip might just be the next Ben Mcadoo.

    And I thought you already told us the Vikings will never win a Super Bowl. You must be feeling better now that the championship game hangover has subsided.
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    You are correct, but I’m thinking about it from Stefanski’s perspective. Nobody associated with the team believes there’s a curse that prevents the Vikings from ever winning the Super Bowl, but we fans know better.

  43. The Vikings have competed for a championship in every decade of their existence. The Vikings are hardly losers you read about here from the trolls. Yes they haven’t won the Super Bowl but teams like the 49ers,Cowboys,Patriots,Steelers, Broncos and packers haven’t done that as a team.

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