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Vikings deny Kevin Stefanski permission to interview with Giants — report

New York had targeted Minnesota QB coach for offensive coordinator

Minnesota Vikings 2011 Headshots
Kevin Stefanski
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The New York Giants will have to continue searching for an offensive coordinator. The Minnesota Vikings have denied the Giants permission to interview quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski for the position, per Adam Schefter.

Stefanski, 35, was passed over by Minnesota for their offensive coordinator job. The Vikings hired John DeFilippo to replace Pat Shurmur who is now, of course, Giants head coach.

Shurmur will calls plays for the Giants Indications had been, though, that he hoped to bring Stefanski with him to New York. That won’t happen now.

NFL rules allow teams to deny assistant coaches under contract opportunities to interview with other teams for assistant coaching positions, even if the proposed job appears to be a promotion.

Speculation now will likely center on Philadelphia Eagles’ running backs coach Duce Staley. Having lost DeFilippo and with offensive coordinator Frank Reich a canddiate for the head coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts, will the Eagles allow Staley to interview with the Giants?

Darrell Bevell, recently fired as offensive coordinator by the Seattle Seahawks, has also been mentioned as a candidate.

The staff

Offensive coordinator —
Quarterbacks —
Running backs — Craig Johnson
Tight ends — Lunda Wells
Wide receivers — Tyke Tolbert
Offensive line — Hal Hunter
Assistant offensive line — Ben Wilkerson
Defensive coordinator — James Bettcher
Defensive line — Gary Emanuel
Linebackers — Bill McGovern
Defensive backs — Lou Anarumo
Assistant defensive backs — Deshea Townsend
Special teams coordinator — Thomas McGaughey
Assistant special teams — Anthony Blevins