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Vikings Will Face Plenty of New Coaches In 2015

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

As the coaching carousel for 2015 grinds to a halt, the Minnesota Vikings are going to have plenty of games next season against teams that are bringing fresh faces to their sidelines.

As it stands right now, the Vikings will have six games against teams that have hired or are going to be hiring new head coaches this off-season. The following are the games that the Vikings will have against new or relocated head coaches in 2015, along with the coaches they've hired.

Chicago Bears (x2) - John Fox
San Francisco 49ers - Jim Tomsula
Denver Broncos - Gary Kubiak
Oakland Raiders - Jack Del Rio
Atlanta Falcons - Have not hired a coach yet

The Falcons are rumored to be waiting until after the Super Bowl to hire Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Regardless of who they hire, they will have a new head coach on their sideline in 2015.

Tomsula and Quinn (if we assume him to be the Falcons' choice) have no head coaching experience. The other three new hires on that list are on at least their second NFL coaching jobs. Fox is on his third job, having been the head coach of the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in the past. Kubiak was the head coach of the Houston Texans, and Del Rio was the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Those three coaches have a combined record of 4-6 against the Vikings as head coaches. Kubiak and Del Rio are both 0-2 as head coaches against the Vikings, as they both lost games to Minnesota in 2008 and 2012, years that the Vikings played the AFC South.

Fox, on the other hand, has had some decent success against the Vikings, sporting a 4-2 overall record. He was 3-2 as a head coach against the Vikings when he was leading the Panthers (victories over Minnesota in 2002, 2005, and 2009, with losses in 2006 and 2008), and 1-0 against the Vikings as head coach of the Broncos, a victory at the Metrodome in 2011.

It remains to be seen whether or not facing a team with a new head coach will be beneficial to the Vikings in 2015. But, with nearly half of their games against new head coaches, hopefully that will be the case for our favorite football team.