Blocking Stefanski from the Giants is a Good Offensive Scheme

Posted February 15, 2018

The New York Giants' head coach showed patience by waiting until after Super Bowl LII, mostly due to the fact that his target, Kevin Stefanski, was still under contract with his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, and was in consideration to be their OC. If Stefanski remains with Minnesota, the Giants will then turn their attention to Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley.

With Stefanski losing out for the position, he is in line to rejoin Shurmur and become the Giants' offensive coordinator.

The Vikings feel good enough about Stefanski that they want him to remain in their organization-but it could be a matter of them seeing DeFilippo as readier for the job since he had been an OC in the past, and Stefanski has not.

Shurmur does have most of his staff together with the Giants. Last year, the Eagles did the same thing to DeFilippo when the New York Jets wanted to interview him about their offensive coordinator job. He coached tight ends in 2014 and '15 and running backs in 2016. 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.

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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.

Shurmur prior to his two-year stint in Minnesota was Chip Kelly's offensive coordinator for three years in Philly, when Kelly had three different QB coaches from 2013-15.

The Giants have yet to request an interview for Stefanski, who has one year left on his deal with the Vikings, according to SiriusXM's Adam Caplan, but it's hard to envision Minnesota refusing such a request after passing him over to replace Shurmur.

Even though a change from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator is considered a lateral move on a coaching staff by some, Kevin Stefanski will eventually get his chance as an offensive coordinator even if it doesn't happen this offseason. "I'm a team player", DeFilippo said on a conference call with reporters.

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DeFilippo, who was a four-year letter-winner as a quarterback for James Madison, has taken his 11th job in what will be a 19th season of coaching.

"How many guys can say they participated in a Super Bowl parade in the morning and became one of 32 play-callers in the National Football League that night?"

As the Giants' head coach, Shurmur will be the offensive and quarterback authority.

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