John DeFilippo agreeing to become the Vikings’ OC looks to clear a path for Minnesota QBs coach Kevin Stefanski to join Pat Shurmur with the Giants.
Shurmur will call the Giants’ plays next season, but after not hiring an OC during a rough first year with the 2011 Browns, the new Big Blue HC plans to have one in New York. And Darrell Bevell appears to be on his radar.
The former Seattle OC has come up in other searches — including the one that ended with DeFilippo replacing Shurmur in Minnesota — and Shurmur and Bevell have spoken about the position, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv reports.
Bevell remains in the mix for the Colts’ OC job, one that will now carry more significance since Josh McDaniels will not be trekking to Indianapolis, and had an interview scheduled with the Falcons as well. The Giants need permission to speak with Stefanski, and if they are not granted it, Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley is viewed as the frontrunner to take over as Giants OC, according to the Sporting News’ Alex Marvez.
Shurmur and Staley worked together when Shurmur served as OC under Chip Kelly. Shurmur was also on Philadelphia’s staff during part of Staley’s career as an Eagles running back. The Vikings’ OC from 2006-10, Bevell has not served on a staff with Shurmur previously but did help the Seahawks become one of the league’s most prolific offenses earlier this decade.
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