There will be no pillaging of the Vikings, at least as far as the Giants’ offensive coordinator position is concerned.
According to ESPN on Saturday, the Vikings denied a request by the Giants to interview their quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski for their open offensive coordinator job. Stefanski was considered a likely candidate for the job because of his links to Pat Shurmur, the Giants’ new head coach who was the offensive coordinator in Minnesota for the past two seasons, as well as the Vikings’ decision to hire Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator this week. Instead, the Vikings protected Stefanski from exploring the option of a promotion, as is within their rights to do under NFL rules.
So where will the Giants’ search turn next? One possibility is Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley, although the Giants may encounter similar problems when requesting permission to speak with him. The Eagles already have lost DeFilippo and may lose offensive coordinator Frank Reich who is a candidate for the head coach job with the Colts (which Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels spurned earlier this week). If the Eagles lose Reich, they may keep Staley and promote him to become their own offensive coordinator. They could block the Giants’ interest even without that scenario unfolding, given the two teams’ status as division rivals.
Another possible option without the request hoops to jump through could be former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. He was considered a candidate for the offensive coordinator job with the Colts when McDaniels was expected to take the head coach job. He still may be a candidate in Indianapolis; he and Colts GM Chris Ballard were teammates at the University of Wisconsin.
The Giants’ offensive coordinator job will not entail calling plays — Shurmur already has said he will handle that responsibility — and the Giants also have an opening at quarterbacks coach, so they may be looking for one person to fill both roles. In that regard, Stefanski would have been an ideal candidate and Bevell — a former quarterback at Wisconsin — was a critical part of the development of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. If the Giants are able to hire Staley, a former running back, they likely would have to hire a separate quarterbacks coach.