Vikings Line Up Interviews With Two More Head Coaching Finalists

Devon Platana
The Minnesota Vikings have lined up interview with two more head coaching finalists.
The Minnesota Vikings have lined up interview with two more head coaching finalists. / Stephen Maturen/GettyImages

When the Minnesota Vikings fired former head coach Mike Zimmer on Jan. 10, it signaled the beginning of a new era for the franchise. After all, the 65-year-old had held the position since the 2014 NFL season.

Even though the Vikings still haven't found their new head coach, it appears that they are closing in on a decision. Minnesota has set up interviews with a pair of head coaching finalists, according to NFL insider Adam Schefter.

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Schefter reported Monday morning that the Vikings will interview Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell and defensive coordinator Raheem Morris at some time this week.

Even though some might think that the Vikings are only interviewing O'Connell and Morris because of the Rams making Super Bowl 56, however, Minnesota had already interviewed the duo before general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah was hired last week.

O'Connell could help inject some youth into the Vikings organization. The 36-year-old has been coaching in the league since 2015, but spent the last two seasons with the Rams, guiding them to a 27.2-point-per-game pace (No. 6).

Morris has held numerous coaching positions around the league for 20 years now. The Rams held opponents to 21.4 PPG (No. 10) under him this season, but the highlight of his career was when he helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win Super Bowl 37 as a defensive quality control coach in 2002.

O'Connell and Morris join Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh and San Francisco 49ers DC DeMeco Ryan as the other candidates that the Vikings have considered for the position.

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