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Kevin Stefanski returning as Vikings offensive coordinator

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

So much for the reports that indicated Kevin Stefanski was unlikely to return to the Vikings as offensive coordinator, because he's back. 

The Vikings made his hiring official on Wednesday afternoon. 

“Kevin is a smart young coach with a bright future,” said Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. “I’m happy to have him take over the offensive coordinator job. His work ethic and teaching ability have been obvious to me behind the scenes since I came here five years ago. He’s well respected by coaches and players both and I know he’s up to the task.”

It was widely reported that Stefanski was one of two finalists for the head coaching job with the Browns, who have decided to promote offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to head coach, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Stefanski was Minnesota's quarterbacks coach before taking over play-calling duties the final three games of the season after John DeFilippo was fired.

His offense racked up 418 yards (220 rushing yards) in a 41-point outburst over a ragged Dolphins defense, started slow before awakening near the half against Detroit and then got smothered by the Bears.

It was an up-and-down three weeks for the Vikings' offense, but head coach Mike Zimmer applauded the effort "considering the circumstances" he faced. 

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