Stability is not a luxury that the Minnesota Vikings have had the chance to experience over the past few years. Some of that it is good and some of it is bad. You'll lose coordinators when you're team has a high level of success (Pat Shurmur) and you'll lose coordinators when you have troubles along the way (Norv Turner).
Mix in a new quarterback as well and stability on the offensive side of the ball is not a luxury known to the Vikings.
That's why the team's announcement yesterday that they will be keeping interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as the full time O.C. going forward has been met with open arms by the players.
Yesterday running back Dalvin Cook sounded off, here's some of what he had to say.
Q: What is your initial reaction to Kevin Stefanski being named the full-time offensive coordinator?
A: Going into the offseason just knowing what kind of offense we’re getting ourselves into, we know what Coach expects from us and we know how he wants it done.”
Q: What did you like the most about the last three games when Stefanski was calling plays?
A: I just liked how he just let us play free … that’s Coach. Coach likes to have fun. He lets his playmakers do all the talking for him. He’s not a big rah-rah guy, he just wants us to have fun and play at a high level, and he knows we can.
Q: Can you appreciate Stefanski’s even-keeled personality?
A: When you’ve got a coach like that, you should want to play for him. You should want to go out there and make plays and want to go out there and have fun. You should want to go out there and practice… it just makes everything easy.
Q: Did you like how Stefanski used you in the last three games?
A: Yeah, Coach came to me. He’s hands on, so he came to me and said, ‘We’re going to get you the ball. Make a play.’ When your coach looks at you and tells you that, you’re going to go out and give110 percent and run through a wall or something. He’ll come to certain guys and say, ‘We’re going tocome to you this drive, so make a play.’ I love that and love our coaches getting me the ball and getting me the touches.
Q: Will the familiarity with Stefanski be helpful going into next season?
A: That’s the good thing about it. I was talking with my mom last night and I was telling her that I’d never went through a coaching change. This was the first time it has happened back-to-back, and that’s part of the NFL. To have Coach back, we’re just picking up where we left off at and getting even better. Having a whole offseason with him is going to be special, it’s going to be good.
Q: Do you have any final thoughts on the hiring?
A: When we do get back, we’re going to be 110 percent in for him. Everything we’re going to do, we’re going to have fun. But we’re going to raise the bar up to his level.