Per a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Minnesota Vikings will retain Kevin Stefanski as their permanent offensive coordinator after Stefanski interviewed twice for the Cleveland Browns head coaching job.
Cleveland reportedly hired Freddie Kitchens as their new head coach, which brought Stefanski back to Minnesota, where he’s been since 2006. The 36-year-old took over play-calling duties when John DeFilippo was fired after a Week 14 loss at Seattle.
After the Vikings blocked Stefanski — then a quarterbacks coach — from joining the New York Giants staff last offseason, Stefanski entered 2018 in the final year of his contract. As of Tuesday, he would have been free to pursue other offensive coordinator jobs, but when Cleveland fell through he returned to the Vikings, who essentially gave him a three-game audition at the end of the season.
Minnesota went 2-1 in those games but fell flat in a must-win Week 17 home game against Chicago, losing 24-10 in one of their worst offensive performances of the season.
Stefanski will now get a full offseason to implement his offense.