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Sources: Stefanski returning as Vikings' offensive coordinator

1/9/2019 12:35:36 PM
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One day after his contract expired, Kevin Stefanski is set to return to Minnesota to take over offensive coordinator duties for the Vikings on a full-time basis, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via Courtney Cronin of ESPN.  This according to sources.

Stefanski, who was promoted from quarterbacks coach to interim OC ahead of Week 15 when the Vikings fired John DeFilippo, was considered a finalist for the Cleveland Browns' head-coaching position. On Wednesday morning, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Browns OC Freddie Kitchens beat out Stefanski for the job.

The Vikings were in a holding pattern over the last few days while Stefanski's talks with Cleveland ramped up. Sources indicated to ESPN that throughout the process, the former interim OC was in regular communication with the Vikings about the possibility of returning for his 14th season with the franchise.

Retaining Stefanski is considered a critical move in helping to build continuity for an offense that put up big numbers at times but struggled to find its identity and finish games during an 8-7-1 season. The Vikings were the only team in the NFL without a fourth-quarter comeback or game-winning drive in 2018.

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