The Minnesota Vikings were almost shut out by the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, scoring a touchdown with a little over a minute to go in a 21-7 loss. When things are going well offensively and with special teams, Zimmer appears to be a flawless fit for his current position.
Stefanski, who was in his second year as the quarterbacks coach, is in his 13th season with the Vikings.
Stefanski is his 13th Vikings season and is the longest-tenured member of the coaching staff. "He kind of knows how we do things here, No. 1", Zimmer said.
"I think the biggest thing with Kevin is he has been here for a long time, so he knows how we do things here, No. 1", Zimmer said.
The aforementioned offensive roster shows that the Vikings do have a plethora of playmakers on their squad and, in my opinion, instead of trying to be clever, all they really have to do is run some neo-base stuff to allow their playmakers to simply make plays.
Zimmer said it was "a possibility" that Stefanski would draw from offensive coordinators that he's worked under, whether it be DeFilippo or Pat Shurmur, who is now the Giants Head Coach, or others.
But Mike Zimmer has a specific style for how he wants to win games: a strong defense and a run-heavy offense. Stefanski will call the plays for the final three games of the regular season.
"I just didn't think we were making enough advancement in this part of the season to continue forward the way we want to go forward", Zimmer said. He had previously served one season as an offensive coordinator, in 2015 with Cleveland. Kevin is a very brilliant guy.
Stefanski has been an assistant coach with the Vikings since 2006, surviving two head coaching changes.
This move was as necessary as it was huge, as the Vikings, who are playing for their post-season lives, have averaged only 12.8 points over the last four games.
I'm sure DeFilippo will get another gig somewhere as he's too young and supposedly too talented to not get another shot (especially as he could and probably will blame this season on Zimmer, who has had another offensive coordinator-Norv Turner-leave mid-season). I wrote a few weeks ago about teams doing their homework and due diligence on long-time National Football League defensive guru Vic Fangio, and if his stellar work with the Bears this year doesn't get him legit head coaching opportunities now, it never will.
In recent weeks, Zimmer has consistently lamented how little the Vikings run the ball.
We'll see if it works next week, but for now people in Vikingsland have a reason to at least be a tad bit excited-which is something I never would've expected after last night killed the last bit of hope that the Vikings could/would/should make a run this season. "But I can tell you that when the opportunity was there, I jumped on it because I thought it might be once-in-a-lifetime".
In the end, Zimmer shoulders responsibility for the way things played out with his third offensive coordinator since 2016.