Skip to main content

Panthers reportedly set up interview with Kevin Stefanski

The Vikings' offensive coordinator is also in the running for the Cleveland Browns job.

The Minnesota Vikings are deep within preparations for Sunday's NFC Wild Card matchup with the New Orleans Saints, but a lot of the conversation has been dominated about what the Vikings could look like once the game is over.

One day after Vikings ownership backed head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman, it appears that the Kevin Stefanski head coaching tour will continue as he has reportedly agreed to interview for the Carolina Panthers head coaching position according to ESPN's Dan Graziano.

Stefanski is the second known candidate to interview for the Panthers this offseason after they fired Ron Rivera last month. The Panthers have already met with former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy twice in their search, but he has also been in the running for several other positions including the Dallas Cowboys, who McCarthy will meet with later this week.

That could put Stefanski as a solid "Plan B" for the Panthers, who ranked 19th in total offense last season. While the Vikings didn't fare much better ranking 16th, Stefanski added an element of efficiency to the Vikings offense in 2019, coaxing a career year out of Kirk Cousins and riding the midseason storm without Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook.

Even if Stefanski does not get the nod in Carolina, there's a good chance this will not be his last interview depending on how far the Vikings go in the playoffs. The 38-year old was a finalist to become head coach for the Browns last season before he lost out to Freddie Kitchens and Cleveland has requested to interview Stefanski again after firing Kitchens after one season.

Next Up

FINNEGANS Caribou image

FINNEGANS, Caribou Coffee team up for charitable MN brew

The Dead Irish Poet stout is now available at liquor stores and bars.

Jiecong Cao

Man charged in sex trafficking bust at Roseville hotel

He has been charged with the promoting of prostitution.

Justin Morneau

5 former Minnesota Twins are on the MLB Hall of Fame ballot

Four were staples on the 2000s teams and the other is the one that got away.

kitchen window minneapolis google street view - crop

Kitchen Window reveals it will close, announces storewide sale

The premium cookware shop has been in business for more than 35 years.

covid, vaccine

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, November 23

The latest info from the state health department.

Monoclonal antibodies

COVID: New monoclonal antibody clinic to open in Twin Cities

Monoclonal antibody treatment can help prevent hospitalization from COVID.

hopkins high school GSV Pro - CROP

Principal reveals more details about Monday fight at Hopkins High School

She revealed more details about the incident that prompted a shelter in place Monday.

Screen Shot 2021-11-23 at 8.46.26 AM

School board walks out amid angry scenes at meeting over racism in Prior Lake

The meeting grew tense after the board heard from multiple student speakers.

Sassy Spoon 2

Popular gluten-free restaurant Sassy Spoon closes

It began life as a food truck before moving into a permanent space in 2015.

farming field

Minnesota farmer ordered to repay $1.4M for loan fraud

The 67-year-old pleaded guilty in federal court.


1 dead after truck driver collides with semi stopped in traffic in St. Cloud

A St. Cloud woman who was a passenger in the straight truck died in the crash.


Report: Vikings' Stefanski to interview for Browns head coaching job

Stefanski took over the Vikings offense after John DeFilippo was fired in December.

Kevin Stefanski

Browns to hire Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski as head coach

The announcement comes less than 24 hours after the Vikings' season ended.

Kevin Stefanski

Head coach jobs dwindling, will Browns hire Vikings' Stefanski?

Stefanski will reportedly interview with the Browns this week.

Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater criticizes Panthers' practice habits

The former Vikings quarterback was not a fan of his time in Carolina.

Mike Zimmer

Vikings-Panthers: 5 things you can count on happening

The Vikings will look to open things up in Carolina.

Kevin Stefanski

Report: Playoff dud won't hurt Stefanski's chances with Cleveland

A report says the Browns will choose a head coach on Sunday.

Kevin Stefanski returning as Vikings offensive coordinator

Stefanski is Minnesota's longest-tenured coach and will be back for a 14th season.