With the NFL offseason in full swing, the Minnesota Vikings are not the only team looking for an offensive coordinator. Unfortunately. . .or fortunately, depending on your perspective. . .one team has taken not one, but two of the coaches that were connected to the Vikings’ OC vacancy off of the table in one swoop.
The Atlanta Falcons have just announced that they have hired former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coach Dirk Koetter to be their new offensive coordinator. In addition to him, they have also announced the hiring of Mike Mularkey to be their new tight ends coach.
Koetter and Mularkey were two of the names that had been connected to the Vikings’ offensive coordinator position. The others are current OC Kevin Stefanski, who is in the process of getting a second interview with the Cleveland Browns, and former Browns’ head coach Hue Jackson.
While numerous names have been connected to the Vikings for the job thus far, it doesn’t sound as though they’ve actually interviewed anybody for the position at the present time. Some of that might have been a wait-and-see approach with Stefanski, who was under contract with the team until today.
If Stefanski does, indeed, bolt for Cleveland, whether it’s as the head coach or the offensive coordinator, it’s going to greatly limit the pool of names for the Vikings to look at. Also limiting things is the fact that both Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman are in the last year of their contracts and could be seen as “lame ducks” by potential coordinators that might desire a little more stability.
Overall, it doesn’t sound like the Vikings are in a great situation, particularly if Stefanski doesn’t return. Hopefully Zimmer and company can find a non-Hue Jackson candidate that is willing to come in and do the job should that take place.