Monday, January 17, 2022

The Vikings will deliberately hire a general manager and then a head coach.

The Vikings will hire a new general manager before looking for a new head coach. If they miss out on the so-called hot coaching candidate, so be it.

With the Vikings missing the playoffs for the second year in a row, they fired head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman on Monday. Owner and President Mark Wilf said the criteria Vikings are looking for to replace are “great leaders, great communicators and great employees.”

Wilf said Minnesota will look for a general manager first, and that the employee will “contribute to the head coach.” He is not worried about other teams that have vacancies for a coach who may have defeated the Vikings among the candidates.

“We’re not trying to look at who’s hot and who’s cold,” Wilf said. “Because we are looking at the criteria that I talked about. …. I know there are many good people out there, and it is a very coveted position to lead the legendary Minnesota Vikings. … So I’m sure we’ll be fine. We are not going to get involved in some kind of madness in terms of the pursuit of this or that. We will be deliberate, we will be careful. ”

Wilf said the owners and those already in the organization will conduct interviews. He did not name names, but those expected to participate in the interview process include Chief Operating Officer Andrew Miller and Executive Vice President Rob Brzezinski.

When the Vikings hire a coach, it may be a coach with an aggressive background. Minnesota’s last two coaches were former defense coordinators – Leslie Fraser and Zimmer – and it might be time for a change.

The Vikings have talented offensive players such as quarterback Kirk Cousins, running back Dalvin Cook and receiver Justin Jefferson. That could make the job attractive to a respected offensive coach, even if Cousins’ future on the team is uncertain due to his oversized contract.

Former NFL head coaches who may be available to attack include Doug Pederson, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, Bill O’Brien, and Jim Caldwell. Attack coordinators may include Eric Biennemi from Kansas City, Byron Leftwich from Tampa Bay, Brian Daboll from Buffalo, Kellen Moore from Dallas, Nathaniel Hackett from Green Bay, Joe Lombardi from Los Angeles New Chargers, and Josh McDaniels from England. Biennemi was an assistant to the Vikings from 2006 to 2010.

If the Vikings decide to hire another defense coach, the candidates who are former head coaches could be Brian Flores, current coordinators Todd Bowles from Tampa Bay, Dan Quinn from Dallas, Vance Joseph from Arizona, Dennis Allen from New Orleans, and Raheem Morris from Los Angeles. Angeles Rams. Other current coordinators who may be involved are Wink Martindale from Baltimore, Joe Woods from Cleveland, Demeco Ryans from San Francisco, and Matt Aberflus from Indianapolis.

However, the Vikings must first hire a general manager. Other team leaders advertised as CEO candidates include Kwesi-Adofo-Mensah of Cleveland, Mike Borgonzi of Kansas City, Brandon Brown of Philadelphia, Ed Dodds of Indianapolis, and Jeff Ireland of New Orleans.

For general manager and head coach positions, Vikings must comply with Rooney’s Rule and interview at least one minority candidate for each position.

“We want to have our highest hopes for our general manager and coach, and that includes making sure the network is dropped wider,” Wilf said. “It includes diversity, includes everything, includes all kinds of origins, includes all kinds of experiences.”

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