Fair or Foul: Vikings Deny Giants Request to Interview Kevin Stefanski
Vikings’ QB coach, Kevin Stefanski, was one in a handful of candidates to interview for Minnesota’s offensive coordinator position. Unfortunately for him on Thursday night, it was announced the John DeFilippo, not Stefanski, would slide in as Pat Shurmur’s replacement. Upon the breaking of that news, indications were that the long time tenured member of the Purple’s staff would reunite with Shurmur, and become the Offensive Coordinator for the New You Giants.
Well, Skol Nation, it was fun while it lasted. Let’s get ready to say goodb..
Oh ya, that’s right. My bad. The 35 year-old up-and-comer is still under contract with the Vikings. Meaning, we have the right to deny interview requests. When Pat Shurmur and his new team stuck their nose in our camp, that’s exactly what we did.
Vikings denied permission for Giants to interview and hire their QB coach Kevin Stefanski as their OC, per league source. Stefanski stays in Minnesota, Giants still need an OC.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 10, 2018
Now, before we break down whether this denial was fair or foul, if you’re not already woke on WHAT really could have happened, here’s some proverbial coffee…
Stefanski might have been onboard with taking the NYG OC job, heard the new pitch here, changed his mind, and asked the team to deny request so he didn’t look bad. Happens with coaches and GM candidates.
— Andy (@AndyCarlsonShow) February 10, 2018
100% within the #Vikings rights to block Stefanski from going to New York to FINALLY get an OC job.
But without a wink-wink understanding when JDF leaves, it’s a BAD precedent to set for future assistants.
— Andy (@AndyCarlsonShow) February 11, 2018
As for what the “new pitch” was, it would relate to Stefanski taking over as OC once John DeFilippo, as most anticipate he will, becomes a head coach in the NFL. That take is pure speculation.
With that being said, let’s focus on what we KNOW is true. As of now, there are no facts to show WHY the Vikings blocked the request. All that we know, regardless of their motivation, is that MN sent the Giants away like the Minneapolis Miracle did to the Saints.
The way I see it, preventing a person from advancing their career isn’t fair. However, fair is a place where they judge pigs. This is the NFL. It isn’t carnival style bullshit like a swine beauty contest. A contract is a contract.
I hope when this situation arrises again, the Vikings’ front office takes a same shit, different day approach. Especially, if it involves a NFC North opponent or an ex-member of our staff. Whether it’s Pat Shurmur of someone else who took off the Purple apparel, the watch your own bobber mindset is in full force. That may come off as a get off my lawn approach, but I feel it’s in the best interest of the Vikings.
As for worries that this sets a bad precedent for future coaches, I don’t share your concern.
New Vikings OC John DeFilippo said on a conference call that he had other opportunities to be a coordinator this offseason. “But when the Minnesota Vikings want to talk to you, that’s a whole different ball game,” he said.
— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) February 9, 2018