Report: Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski to Interview for Browns, Panthers HC Jobs

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2020

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 file photo, Minnesota Vikings interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Vikings have appointed Kevin Stefanski as offensive coordinator, after his interim stint over the last three games of the season. The 36-year-old Stefanski was promoted on Dec. 11 to replace John DeFilippo, who was fired in his first season on the job amid persistent struggles by the Vikings in moving the ball. Stefanski was a candidate for the head coach vacancy with the Cleveland Browns, who instead picked their own interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens.  (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn, File)
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Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski has lined up interviews with two teams about their vacant head coaching positions.

Per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero on Saturday, Stefanski will meet with the Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers next week.

Stefanski will have competition for those jobs, with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reporting New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is considered "a top candidate" by Cleveland and Carolina:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From @NFLGameDay: Could #Patriots OC Josh McDaniels be coaching his last game in New England? Once again, he's emerged as a top HC candidate -- notably for the #Browns and #Panthers. https://t.co/M1dFWvdWI1

Pelissero noted Stefanski's interview dates will depend on the result of the Vikings' playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

The Browns know Stefanski well after interviewing him twice last year before deciding to hire Freddie Kitchens as their head coach.

Carolina is searching for a new head coach after firing Ron Rivera last month. The Panthers interviewed Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy on Thursday, Peter Schrager of Fox Sports reported.

Per Rapoport, former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has met with the Panthers twice, and Baylor head coach Matt Rhule is another candidate Carolina hopes to interview.

Stefanski has been with Minnesota since 2006. He took over as offensive coordinator late last season when John DeFilippo was fired.

The Vikings offense under Stefanski ranked sixth in the NFL with 133.3 rushing yards per game and eighth with 25.4 points per game this season.


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