In a move that is commonplace, the Vikings prevented quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski from interviewing to become the new offensive coordinator of the New York Giants.
Stefanski, the respected 35-year-old position coach, was the front-runner to follow Pat Shurmur to the Giants as his top offensive assistant, but the Vikings blocked the Giants from the interview.
The Vikings did the same after the 2015 season to running backs coach Kirby Wilson, who needed to wait 10 days until after the season when his contract expired to interview and accept a promotion to run game coordinator in Cleveland.
Teams throw up the block fairly frequently. Last month, the Lions reportedly angled the exit of outgoing defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. Detroit blocked the Packers from interviewing Austin, while allowing the Bengals. He is now the Cincinnati defensive coordinator.
Also last month, the 49ers reportedly prevented the Titans from interviewing a rising young coach in DeMeco Ryans, who only has one season down as a defensive quality control coach. The Eagles also reportedly prevented the Texans from interviewing Joe Douglas, vice president of player personnel, a year after Philadelphia blocked the Jets from interviewing John DeFilippo for its open offensive coordinator job.
NFL teams can't block head coaching interviews, so DeFilippo's sit-downs with the Bears and Cardinals last month circumvented his own team. The Eagles then decided to grant the Vikings permission to interview DeFilippo, who was hired last week as Shurmur's replacement.
It doesn't take the sting away for Stefanski. The longest-tenured coach on the Vikings, he started as Brad Childress' office assistant in 2006 and worked his way up to quarterbacks coach. It's unclear if any other organizations were in line to interview Stefanski for coordinator openings. His stock was pretty high after Case Keenum's 14-win season, and soared in New York once Shurmur was hired. But the Vikings and coach Mike Zimmer are making him wait for another shot.
Like Wilson before him, Stefanski can let the expiration date come on his contract, which likely has one more season to go.
Vikings add O-lineman
The Vikings signed offensive lineman Josh Andrews, whose contract with the Eagles expired Monday.
The 6-2, 311-pound Andrews will follow DeFilippo from Philadelphia, where he most recently spent the past season on the Eagles practice squad. He also rejoins former Oregon State teammate Mike Remmers. The two started on the same 2011 line for the Beavers.
Andrews, who went undrafted in 2014, is listed as a guard who can play center. He spent four seasons in Philadelphia, where his limited NFL action was primarily on special teams.
'It's never about me'
Teddy Bridgewater faces a murky contract situation and football future after he was deactivated for two playoff games as the Vikings' third quarterback. Bridgewater alluded to his frustration during a Super Bowl-week chat, saying he had to "control the competitor" in him.
Bridgewater wrote Monday, "Win at life and the rest will come easy."
"Reflection … It's never about me," Bridgewater wrote on an Instagram photo of him running out of the tunnel with Vikings teammates. "Yeah, we set personal goals but the common goal of winning and being a leader amongst my teammates, peers, loved ones and my community is greater than any personal goal I will ever set. Win at life and the rest will come easy. Undefeated in life."