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The Cleveland Browns requested permission to interview Minnesota Vikings interim offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Kevin Stefanski, for their head coaching vacancy, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
Stefanski started the season as the Vikings quarterbacks coach, but he was promoted to interim offensive coordinator after the Vikings fired John DeFillippo following the team’s Week 14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
DeFillippo was fired for not relying on the run game enough, which head coach Mike Zimmer requested earlier in the season. When Stefanski was the offensive coordinator, the 36-year-old’s offense relied on the run game.
In the three games that Stefanski was the offensive coordinator, the Vikings averaged 26 points per game, including a 41-point game in Stefanski’s first game as the play-caller. Minnesota’s offense averaged 127.7 rushing yards per game under Stefanski, but only 179.7 passing yards per game.
Stefanski has been coaching in the NFL since 2006, every year being with the Vikings. He started as an assistant to the head coach before becoming an assistant quarterbacks coach in 2009. In 2014, Stefanski became the tight ends coach. He spent the 2016 season as the running backs coach, and then the last two seasons as the quarterbacks coach.
The New York Giants attempted to hire Stefanski as their offensive coordinator following the 2017 season, but the Vikings denied.