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Frontrunner for Next Vikings Defensive Coordinator Emerges

Larry Rupp
A frontrunner for the Minnesota Vikings' defensive coordinator search has emerged.
A frontrunner for the Minnesota Vikings' defensive coordinator search has emerged. / Adam Bettcher/GettyImages

The Minnesota Vikings struggled to stop opposing offense this past NFL season, allowing the third-most yards per game in the league (383.6). The team is in desperate need of a new defensive coordinator and Ed Donatell has emerged as the frontrunner despite being hired in Seattle.

Vikings Defensive Coordinator

Donatell has reportedly joined the Seahawks' coaching staff in a senior defensive role, but that may be short-lived. The 65-year-old has 31 years of NFL coaching experience, with 10 seasons spent as an NFL defensive coordinator. He has spent the last three years as DC of the Denver Broncos.

Denver has finished as a top-10 scoring defense in two of the last three years and gave up just 18.9 points per game in 2021. That was the second-lowest mark in the entire league. Donatell thrives at developing secondary talent and it showed in 2021 with both Justin Simmons and Patrick Surtain earning Pro Bowl bids.

Minnesota's interest in Donatell shouldn't come as a major surprise. He spent some time with new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as a part of the San Francisco 49ers. New head coach Kevin O'Connell could also use some help given his experience comes on the offensive side of the ball.

Whether or not Minnesota's complete coaching and front office overhaul will work out in 2022 remains to be seen. For now, the Vikings will look to earn their first NFC North division title since 2017. They have odds set at +3300 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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