Don’t be mad at the Vikings, be mad at the assistant coach policy

Those blankety-blank-blank Vikings! How dare they deny the New York Giants permission to interview quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski for the Giants’ offensive coordinator job! That’s a promotion. Minnesota is denying Stefanski an opportunity to advance his profession. That’s a classless transfer!

That is how the response went each in the feedback right here at Big Blue View and from Giants followers on Twitter Saturday night after the Vikings rebuffed the Giants’ advances on Stefanski.

Well, the emotion is comprehensible. It looks as if Stefanski was Pat Shurmur’s first selection for offensive coordinator. It looks as if denying Stefanski the proper to interview elsewhere after bypassing him for offensive coordinator in favor of John DeFilippo is a crummy factor to do.

Maybe it’s. That, nonetheless, is how the NFL anti-tampering policy works. And the extra you look at the scenario the extra you notice groups do that all the time.

Here is the policy:

If an inquiring membership needs to debate an assistant teaching place with an assistant coach who’s underneath contract to a different membership at any time previous to the opening of the employer membership’s coaching camp, it’s going to be thought-about a lateral transfer, and the employer membership is underneath no obligation to grant the assistant coach permission to debate the place with the membership. At the discretion of the employer membership, nonetheless, such permission could be voluntarily granted.

The deal is that this — the NFL considers going from one assistant teaching job to a different a lateral transfer, even whether it is from place coach to coordinator. It is just an upward transfer in case you are interviewing to go from assistant coach — place coach or coordinator — to go coach.

Teams deny assistant coaches the alternative to interview elsewhere all the time. A yr in the past, the Eagles did it to DeFilippo. He bought his probability this time as a result of his contract was expiring.

I’ll admit that when this information got here down I used to be in the “that’s a crappy thing to do to Stefanski” camp. This, although, is how the league works. Assistant coaches are vagabonds who find yourself shifting from metropolis to metropolis each time the head coach they hitched their wagon to will get fired or must shake up his workers to save lots of his personal cover.

They know the drill. Sign that multi-year deal somewhat than a one-year deal that offers you the proper to maneuver however may additionally depart you jobless in a yr, or commerce a little bit of freedom for the safety of an additional yr on a contract.

You can argue, and maybe you’ll be proper, that the league wants to regulate this policy to make a distinction between place coaches and coordinators. That is maybe a slippery slope, although. Is a transfer from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach with out the duty of designing the offense or calling the performs a step up or a lateral transfer? Where do the working recreation and passing recreation coordinators some groups use match on the assistant teaching ladder?

Minnesota performed by the guidelines as they’re presently written. So, be mad at the rule if you need to be and never at the Vikings.

What now for the Giants?

Eagles’ working backs coach Duce Staley and former Vikings and Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell have for some time now been thought-about the different doubtless candidates for the job.

Like the Vikings did with Stefanski, the Eagles might block Staley from interviewing with the Giants. Staley is underneath contract in Philly. The Super Bowl champs have already misplaced DeFilippo, who was their quarterbacks coach. They may additionally lose offensive coordinator Frank Reich, a candidate for head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. They could wish to ensure that they dangle on to Staley.

Staley performed for the Eagles and has been on the group’s teaching workers since 2011, serving as working backs coach since 2013. He labored with Pat Shurmur for 3 seasons in Philly, so there’s an apparent connection.

Staley, 42, has solely coached working backs so a transfer to OC with the Giants would advance his profession. That also can be regarded at as a possible disadvantage.

There aren’t any availability points with Bevell. The Seahawks fired him final month after seven seasons as their offensive coordinator. He was Vikings’ offensive coordinator from 2006-2010 earlier than going to Seattle.

Bevell, then, has been putting in his personal offense and calling his personal performs since 2006. How properly would he adapt to a job with the Giants the place Shurmur goes to be in command of the offense?

Other ideas

A number of random ideas to go away you with on this Sunday.

  • The $137 million deal Jimmy Garappolo signed with the San Francisco 49ers virtually makes the $21 million the Giants must pay Eli Manning in 2018 seem like a discount worth. Manning is the 10th-highest paid quarterback proper now primarily based on annual wage, and he’ll drop a spot when Kirk Cousins indicators someplace.
  • Have you had sufficient Baker Mayfield tales but? Chris has been banging that drum for some time, and now Dan Pizzuta [here] and Jesse Bartolis [here] have added their $.02.
  • After my submit on the want to enhance at linebacker a Twitter follower talked about that Reese did signal Michael Boley. That, truly, helps make my level. Boley had some good moments however was nothing particular. If he’s the finest Giants’ linebacker of the Jerry Reese period that’s not an excellent factor.

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