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Zimmer explains decision to keep QBs coach Stefanski

By Matthew Coller

When the Minnesota Vikings hired John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator it appeared to be a foregone conclusion that current QBs coach Kevin Stefanski would be on the move.

Instead the Vikings blocked Stefanski, who had interviewed for Minnesota’s OC opening, from interviewing for an OC position with the New York Giants.

Head coach Mike Zimmer took some heat for blocking the long-time Vikings assistant from advancing his career. At the Combine on Thursday Zimmer talked about his call to keep Stefanski around.

“ I get criticized for blocking guys and stuff like that, but loyalty to me is a big thing,” Zimmer said.

Stefanski has been on the Vikings’ staff for 12 seasons. He has worked as running backs, tight ends and quarterbacks coach in the last three years.

“I come in here four years ago and the offense is 29, 27th, 26th but I keep them,” Zimmer said. “So the first time our offense is pretty good, then I’m supposed to let all my coaches leave? I don’t think that’s right. If I’m going to be loyal to them and not fire them after they don’t have good years, then I don’t think they should not be loyal to me.”

The Vikings’ new offensive coordinator will keep some things the same from Pat Shurmur’s time at the helm. It won’t be until they have a quarterback in place that the team fully forms its offensive plan.

“We’re going to try to figure out the quarterback first,” Zimmer said. “And then we’ll adjust the offense. All the offense will have some, regardless of who the quarterback is going to be, is going to have some similarities. Some certain aspects of it that after that – ‘OK this guy doesn’t do this good, let’s throw this out.’”

The post Zimmer explains decision to keep QBs coach Stefanski appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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