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Report: Vikings block Giants from interviewing QB coach to become OC

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Aug 9, 2015; Canton, OH, USA; Minnesota Vikings helmet on the field during the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings already lost their offensive coordinator from 2017, Pat Shurmur, to the New York Giants. Now, as Shurmur looks into filling his own staff in the Big Apple, he’s been shut down by his old team from pursuing a coach he’s familiar with.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Vikings blocked the Giants from interviewing quarterback coach Kevin Stefanski, who was a guy New York was targeting to be its next offensive coordinator.

This isn’t all that uncommon. We’ve seen other teams pull off similar stunts in the past when they want to keep certain coaches in the fold. It may not seem fair, necessarily, to Stefanski, especially since the Vikings now have a new offensive coordinator in John DeFilippo, but it’s just standard business practice in the NFL.