Earlier this offseason, the New England Patriots requested to interview Minnesota Vikings wide receiver coach Keenan McCardell for their open offensive coordinator position. It was announced on Tuesday that the Patriots would be hiring former Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien instead. Now it appears that McCardell is getting more attention as offensive coordinator, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have now requested to interview him for the open position.
Confirmed former Bucs WR Keenan McCardell, the Vikings receivers coach, will also interview for Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator’s position. McCardell caught two TDs for Tampa Bay in Super Bowl 37.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) January 24, 2023
The Buccaneers fired their offensive coordinator, Byron Leftwich, shortly after their playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys and are now on the hunt for a replacement.
McCardell has been a favorite in the locker room for the Vikings and was one of the only coaches that stuck around in the transition from Mike Zimmer to Kevin O’Connell, which speaks volumes to the coach that he is. It’s only a matter of time before the Vikings lose McCardell to another team as he continues to ascend in this league.