Vikings Coaching Rumors Begin Trickling In

Dec 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks Carson Wentz (11) and Jalen Hurts (2) talk with head coach Doug Pederson (C) during a timeout against the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

For the most part, it has been all quiet on the hiring front. Consider it the calm before the storm. The Vikings coaching rumors are beginning.

Per Jason La Canfora, the Vikings will be bringing in former Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson. As we all remember, he was the man in charge of the Eagles team that absolutely thrashed Minnesota in the NFC Championship game. There’s a long way to go, but it would be an interesting hire. One thing he said near the end in Philly is that he wanted to have more authority to help make major decisions: “I want to be a part of the evaluation process. I want to be a voice that’s heard, and I want to have that collaborative communication with Howie and his staff and be a part of that process.” Anyone who listened to Mark Wilf’s press conference knows how much he emphasized both communication and collaboration.

Of course, there are teams out there with plenty more public rumors. Take a look at what Denver has going on:

One thing we know, though, is that the Wilfs have a very particular way of doing business. I imagine the calls and interview requests are happening fast and furious right about now. The limited knowledge from the outside looking-in is no reason for concern. Rest assured that the team is doing plenty.

Finally, take a look at what the oddsmakers see as most likely for the Vikings.

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The odds help fill-in some of the gap in Vikings coaching rumors.

Frankly, it’ll be very surprising if the Vikings do indeed hire Eric Bieniemy. He has a history with the team, and he is currently the OC for one of the most impressive offenses of the past few seasons. It’s easy to see how people are connecting the dots. Nevertheless, I expect the Vikings to look for someone with more experience calling plays and/or as a head coach.

Brian Daboll is an intriguing name; as a Canadian, it’s not often that I get to see a fellow countryman in the running for NFL head coaching gigs. What’s far more important, though, is his ability to develop a young QB – in this case, Josh Allen – into a franchise QB. Josh Frey has previously expressed some support for Jim Caldwell, and I’ve covered many of these names in the head coaching power ranking.

The final thought is that Jim Harbaugh would be an absolute home run swing. He strikes me as a peculiar person, someone who is exceptionally gifted but also difficult to work with. He would certainly do things differently. He has an impressive track record of success in both the NFL and college. The Vikings could do worse, but there haven’t been too many Harbaugh rumors (at least not yet).