He has performed well with Minnesota-well enough to be considered for the Vikings' OC job (that was filled with John DeFilippo last week), yet now he must remain as quarterbacks coach with the team that gave him a minor position on the staff at age 23 and helped mold him into a potential offensive coordinator (one step from away from head coach) at age 35. Meanwhile, Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley has also recently been brought up as a possible candidate due to his previous experience working alongside Shurmur.
"The Vikings' decision to block Stefanski from joining Shurmur means the team clearly thinks highly of him", Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN wrote.
The Vikings still have to grant permission because Stefanski is under contract, even though quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator is a step up the ladder.
It was also possibly Shurmur's way of saying Stefanski had more than put in his time and was ready for the next move up. Last year, the Eagles did the same thing to DeFilippo when the New York Jets wanted to interview him about their offensive coordinator job.
Shurmur was hired as head coach of the New York Giants on January 22. But according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN, the Minnesota Vikings have denied NY the opportunity to interview quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski.
If the Vikings are able to land DeFilippo, the Giants will hire Stefanski. I think he's always aspired to coach the quarterback, did an excellent job this year. And Bevell was Childress' offensive coordinator during Childress' four-plus seasons as head coach in Minnesota (2006-10).
Stefanski and Shurmur were known to have a strong working relationship, but the Vikings chose to deny that reunion, a somewhat surprising outcome given Shurmur's relationship with the organization and Stefanski losing out to former Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo for a similar job.
The Eagles will reportedly promote assistant quarterbacks coach Press Taylor to quarterbacks coach as DeFilippo's successor. "I'm a team player", DeFilippo said on a conference call with reporters.
Ryan spent nines seasons with the Giants, serving as a wide receivers and quarterbacks coach.
"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?"
Heading into the playoffs, Keenum has nothing but praise for the Shurmur/Stefanski duo.