Following the termination of Mike Zimmer last Monday, January 10, the Vikings have already chosen Kevin O’Connell, the current offensive coordinator of the LA Rams.
According to reports, the news cannot be confirmed because O’Connell is still committed to the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, February 13 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California.
Kevin O’Connell Will Be The Next Head Coach
On Wednesday night, the Minnesota Vikings expressed interest in hiring Kevin O’Connell as their head coach. The agreement won’t be completed until after Kevin O’Connell and the Rams meet the Cincinnati Bengals.
Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, and University of Michigan chief coach Jim Harbaugh were among the finalists for the Vikings’ head-coaching opening, who met with Vikings executives for roughly nine hours on Wednesday.
According to rumors, Harbaugh did not get an offer from the Vikings before leaving Minnesota, despite having prepared for the interview as if he was going to be hired. Following the interview, Harbaugh phoned Michigan officials to notify them that he would be returning to the school for the 2022 season.
Harbaugh, who is 58 years old, informed Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel that his effort at a return in the NFL would not be a reoccurring issue and that he would remain with the Wolverines for as long as the school wanted him.
Harbaugh led the San Francisco 49ers to a 44-19-1 record in four seasons (2011-14). He led the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game in three of his four seasons and the Super Bowl in his second, but he was dismissed following an 8-8 season in 2014.
Harbaugh was recruited by Michigan, his hometown university, in 2015 after a brief time in San Francisco. He has a 61-24 record with the Wolverines in seven seasons.
New head coaches have been recruited by the Raiders, Giants, Bears, Vikings, and Broncos. The Dolphins, Jaguars, Saints, and Texans have not yet hired their coaches.