The Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator search went in different directions, but in the end, they got their man in Kevin Stefanski.
This year’s NFL coaching carousel has been an entertaining one. After eight head coaches were fired on Black Monday (and several assistants), teams have been dead set on finding the next Sean McVay.
While teams have been fixated on looks, offensive abilities, and having McVay on speed dial, they may lose sight of the one thing that they should be primarily focused on throughout their process; finding the right man for the job.
In the past week, the Minnesota Vikings have been on a roller coaster of their own.
Fortunately, the Vikings were not in a search to find a replacement for head coach Mike Zimmer. But Minnesota did need to figure out who to run their offense for 2019 after interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski’s contract expired on Tuesday.
Although it was a brief search, there were plenty of names that were tossed out throughout the week as a potential replacement.
While some had previous connections to Zimmer (Hue Jackson) and others had successful stints running an offense during their coaching careers (Dirk Koetter and Mike Mularkey), they weren’t the fit that Stefanski was.
That meant that the return of Stefanski, which was announced on Wednesday, was great news for the Vikings going forward and it could spark an offensive revival for the Vikings in 2019.
So why did Minnesota end up believing that their longtime assistant was the right guy to be their offensive coordinator for next season?