3 Head Coaches the Vikings Can Hire to Replace Mike Zimmer

Larry Rupp
3 Mike Zimmer replacements the Minnesota Vikings can hire, including Kellen Moore, Doug Pederson and Matt Eberflus.
3 Mike Zimmer replacements the Minnesota Vikings can hire, including Kellen Moore, Doug Pederson and Matt Eberflus. / Gregory Shamus/GettyImages

It's safe to say this NFL season has not gone the way the Minnesota Vikings were hoping it would. They are barley grasping onto the No. 7 seed in the NFC conference and are in danger of missing out on the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Head coach Mike Zimmer has to be on the hot seat.

Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers could be playing elsewhere next season, so it is important for Minnesota' front office to take control of the NFC North division. With that being said, here are three three coaches the Vikings can consider hiring to replace Zimmer this offseason.

Mike Zimmer Replacements

1. Kellen Moore, Offensive Coordinator, Dallas Cowboys

The Vikings have an arsenal of offensive weapons at their disposal including running back Dalvin Cook and wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Bringing in a young coach with play-calling experience could be just the spark this team is looking for. Kellen Moore has been the brains behind a powerful Dallas offense over the last few years. The Cowboys currently rank No. 2 in scoring and average 403.3 yards per game (No. 1 in NFL). Moore's rise is similar to that of Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams. That is why his lack of experience shouldn't be an issue for a team in need of a fresh start.

2. Doug Pederson, Former Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach

One name continuing to float around the head coaching carousel is former Philadelphia Eagles leader Doug Pederson. Pederson spent four years in the City of Brotherly Love and led his squad to the franchise's first Super Bowl victory in 2017. He runs an offense that regularly caters to his players' strengths. Of course, Vikings fans saw it for themselves when the team lost 38-7 to the Eagles in the 2017 NFC Championship. Pederson has the connections to create a strong coaching staff and has the experience needed to work with a veteran quarterback like Kirk Cousins. The fit here makes sense.

3. Matt Eberflus, Defensive Coordinator, Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts' defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus is a name to keep an eye on if the Vikings decide not to target an offensive-minded candidate. The Colts finished as the third-worst scoring defense back in 2017 before Eberflus came in and turned things around. Indianapolis has finished in the top half of the league in that same category every year since. Meanwhile, Minnesota ranks amongst the NFL's bottom 10 teams this season in statistical categories including rushing yards and passing yards allowed per game. A defensive "guru" might not be what the fans want, but Eberflus has shown he can get the job done.

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