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2023 Vikings Coaching Staff Tracker


Kevin O'Connell's Hilarious Reaction to QB's TD
Aug 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

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.

2023 Vikings Coaching Staff Tracker

Therefore, consider this a one-stop-shop for Vikings coach movement. This article will be updated in real time throughout the next few weeks.

Brian Angelichio

Vikings TE Coach / Passing Game Coordinator

2023 Vikings Coaching Staff
Sep 30, 2022; Thundridge, United Kingdom; Minnesota Vikings tight ends/passing game coordinator Brian Angelichio during practice at Hanbury Manor. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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.”


Jerrod Johnson

Vikings QBs Coach

Chargers to Interview Vikings
Sep 30, 2022; Thundridge, United Kingdom; Minnesota Vikings assistant quarterbacks coach Jerrod Johnson during practice at Hanbury Manor. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

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.”


Keenan McCardell

Vikings WRs Coach

Keenan McCardell May Stay
Jan 7, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver coach Keenan McCardell during the second half of the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Everbank Field. Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Buffalo Bills 10-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports.

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.”

Verdict: Not offered Patriots OC job; staying with Vikings (for now)

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.

Sean Desai

From: Seattle Seahawks Asst Head Coach / Defensive Asst

Vikings Could Look Back
Jul 29, 2021; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai walks on the field during a Chicago Bears training camp session at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

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.”

Verdict: Will interview soon. TO BE DETERMINED.

Brian Flores

From: Pittsburgh Steelers LB Coach

Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores watches from the sideline during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Ryan Nielsen

From: New Orleans Saints co-Defensive Coordinator

Oct 20, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; New Orleans Saints co-defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports.

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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