The Minnesota Vikings made the decision to fire longtime head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman on Monday. Zimmer had a coaching record of 72-56-1, but went just 15-18 over the last two seasons while missing the playoffs in both years. Overall, he went 2-3 in the postseason with one appearance in the NFC Championship Game.
The Vikings are facing a bit of a rebuild, as they are strapped for cash and have a defense that needs a huge boost. There’s also the Kirk Cousins question, as he’s entering the final year of his contract and is due $35 million in base salary, per Spotrac. Are the Vikings open to parting ways with Cousins, or are they set on finding a general manager/head coach that wants to build around him for 2022? Additionally, are the Vikings interested in a defensive-minded or offensive-minded head coach?
Below, we will break down three candidates the Vikings should consider interviewing and hiring for their head coach opening.
Most recent job: Head coach, Philadelphia Eagles
It appears the former Eagles head coach is ready to take another spin on the coaching carousel, as Pederson has already been interviewed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Pederson helped the Eagles reach the top of the NFL world in 2017, as he led Philly to a Super Bowl LII win with backup quarterback Nick Foles. There’s even a statue of him and Foles speaking before dialing up the “Philly Special.” In five full seasons with the Eagles, Pederson went 42-37-1 with a 4-2 record in the postseason.
Pederson was the first Super Bowl-winning head coach to be fired within three years after winning it all since 1973. His final 4-11-1 season was defined by Carson Wentz’s struggles as well as a reportedly troublesome relationship with the front…