2023 Vikings Coaching Staff Tracker – VikingsTerritory.com

**Last updated January 25th at 1:50 am CST
The Minnesota Vikings will have a new defensive coordinator next season, terminating 2022 defensive bossman Ed Donatell last week.
Minnesota’s defense couldn’t hinder the New York Giants — at all — in the playoffs, Donatell’s men weren’t very fruitful in the regular season, and a new coach will soon take over.
Too, some existing Vikings coaches are interviewing for other jobs.
Therefore, consider this a one-stop-shop for Vikings coach movement. This article will be updated in real time throughout the next few weeks.
Vikings TE Coach / Passing Game Coordinator
Interviewing with: Baltimore Ravens / Offensive Coordinator
Latest update: ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler tweeted about Angelichio Sunday, January 22nd, “Ravens have requested permission to interview Vikings pass-game coordinator Brian Angelichio for their offensive coordinator position, per source. Veteran NFL coach helped Minnesota to a top-five passing offense in 2022.”
Verdict: TO BE DETERMINED
Vikings QBs Coach
Interviewing with: Los Angeles Chargers / Offensive Coordinator
Latest Update: CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones tweeted Saturday, January 21st, “The Chargers have requested permission to interview Vikings assistant QBs coach Jerrod Johnson for their vacant offensive coordinator position, source says.”
Verdict: TO BE DETERMINED
Vikings WRs Coach
Interviewing with: New England Patriots / Offensive Coordinator
Latest Update: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted on January 18th, “The Patriots have requested permission to speak with Vikings WRs coach Keenan McCardell for their OC position, sources say. He joins a growing list of candidates that also includes Bama OC Bill O’Brien.”
Then, on Tuesday, January 24th, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted, “Alabama OC/QB coach Bill O’Brien has returned to New England and is being named the Patriots offensive coordinator, sources tell Chris Low of ESPN and me. O’Brien was a Patriots’ assistant coach from 2007-2011, and now returns to coach Mac Jones, whom he briefly worked with at Alabama.”
Later on January 24th, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted, “Alabama OC/QB coach Bill O’Brien has returned to New England and is being named the Patriots offensive coordinator, sources tell Chris Low of ESPN and me. O’Brien was a Patriots’ assistant coach from 2007-2011, and now returns to coach Mac Jones, whom he briefly worked with at Alabama.”
Verdict: Not offered Patriots OC job; interviewing with Tampa Bay.
Note: Current Vikings offensive coordinator Wes Phillips was requested for an interview by the Chargers last week but turned it down, reportedly telling Los Angeles he was “building something special” in Minnesota.
From: Seattle Seahawks Asst Head Coach / Defensive Asst
Interviewing for: Vikings Defensive Coordinator
Latest Update: The Star Tribune’s Ben Goessling tweeted on January 22nd, “Source confirmed the Vikings requested an interview with the Seahawks’ Sean Desai for their defensive coordinator opening. They’d interviewed Desai for the job a year ago, as well.”
The Vikings main Twitter account posted Tuesday, January 25th, “We have completed an interview with Seahawks Associate Head Coach – Defense Sean Desai for our open defensive coordinator position.”
Verdict: Has concluded interview. TO BE DETERMINED.
From: Pittsburgh Steelers LB Coach
Interviewing for: Vikings Defensive Coordinator
Latest Update: Ian Rapoport tweeted Saturday, January 21st, “The Vikings have requested permission to speak with Steelers senior defensive assistant and LBs coach Brian Flores for their newly vacant DC job, source said. Coach Kevin O’Connell and Flores overlapped in New England for a year.”
Verdict: Will interview soon. TO BE DETERMINED.
From: New Orleans Saints co-Defensive Coordinator
Interviewing for: Vikings Defensive Coordinator
Latest Update: ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted Saturday, “Vikings have requested to interview Saints’ co-DC Ryan Nielsen for Minnesota’s vacant defensive coordinator job.”
On Monday, January 23rd, the Vikings main Twitter account posted, “We have completed an interview with Saints Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Ryan Nielsen for our open defensive coordinator position.”
Verdict: Has concluded interview. TO BE DETERMINED.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).
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