The first domino has fallen in the Giants' search for an offensive coordinator, and that could mean new Giants coach Pat Shurmur could have his top choice - and his completed staff -- in place in a few days.
Kevin Stefanski, the Vikings quarterbacks coach and the man believed to be Shurmur's top choice for offensive coordinator with the Giants, could now be free to join his old boss in New York after he was passed over by the Vikings for their offensive coordinator job. The Vikings filled that job on Thursday night when they hired Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, according to ESPN.
Stefanski was one of several candidates who had interviewed in Minnesota to take Shurmur's old position, but the Vikings appeared to be waiting for DeFilippo all along. Presumably the Giants have already requested permission to talk to Stefanski. And now that DeFilippo is in place for them, the Vikings are expected to grant it.
The 35-year-old Stefanski is a rising star in the NFL who spent the last 11 years in various jobs on the Vikings' coaching staff. Obviously, with Shurmur's help, he did a remarkable job last season, helping journeyman quarterback Case Keenum to a career season after the Vikings lost starter Sam Bradford (who was replacing Teddy Bridgewater).
Since Shurmur has said he plans to call his own plays for the Giants, Stefanski could fill a dual role with the Giants as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach - the last two spots on the coaching staff that Shurmur needs to fill.
Shurmur has been considering other candidates for offensive coordinator too, according to a source, but he appeared willing to wait for Stefanski until the situation in Minnesota was settled. If that somehow falls through, Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley figures to be a top contender for the Giants' job. Shurmur has also talked with former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, though he has been pursued by the Indianapolis Colts, too.