A couple of head coaching jobs across the NFL have been filled, but the Minnesota Vikings remain in search of a new leader. The front office may be zeroing in on a few potential targets, though. Both Kevin O'Connell and DeMeco Ryans are set to have their second in-person interviews this week.
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The Vikings also spoke with Michigan Wolverines' head coach Jim Harbaugh on Saturday in an attempt to gauge his interest in a move to the NFL. The 58-year-old posted a 49-22-1 record with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-14 and remains a candidate for the position.
O'Connell has spent the last two seasons as the Los Angeles Rams' offensive coordinator and led his offense to a top-six scoring finish in 2021. The former NFL quarterback only been coaching in the league since 2015, yet his quick rise through the system goes to show just how knowledgeable he is.
Ryans has followed a similar path. The 37-year-old spent 10 years as an NFL linebacker before joining the 49ers coaching staff in 2017. He was promoted to defensive coordinator this past offseason and guided San Francisco to a top-five finish in regards to points allowed per game.
It's worth mentioning that all three of these candidates have ties to new Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah from his time spent with the 49ers and Cleveland Browns. O'Connell and Ryans will also square off against on another at the NFC Championship game on Sunday night.
Minnesota will look to win its first ever Super Bowl in franchise history next season.
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