He could show up as the favorite and accept the job.
Instead, he decided to stay at Michigan and the Vikings had to go to their next choice.
NFL insider Tom Pelissero revealed who they are hiring in what was a quick turnaround.
The #Vikings wrapped up an interview this afternoon with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, then informed fellow finalists Patrick Graham and Raheem Morris they’re out. O’Connell is Minnesota’s man. https://t.co/rc60rsSk8W
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 3, 2022
Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell is reportedly set to take the job as soon as the Super Bowl is over.
The 36-year-old has spent two seasons as the team’s offensive coordinator under Sean McVay and is a former quarterback himself.
He now gets the fun task of leading the Vikings from a very young age.
Pieces Falling Into Place Around The NFL
O’Connell was a reported favorite for several teams with openings.
Now, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, and Miami Dolphins must look elsewhere as top candidates keep leaving the market.
Updated HC tracker:
– Broncos: Nathaniel Hackett
– Giants: Brian Daboll
– Raiders: Josh McDaniels
– Bears: Matt Eberflus
– Vikings: Kevin O'Connell (expected)
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) February 3, 2022
This all comes at a time when Brian Flores has taken it to the NFL and laid bare the unfair hiring practices that continue to take place.
As for O’Connell, he represents a distinct change from former head coach Mike Zimmer.
He is a young offensive mind from the McVay coaching tree, which is starting to gain notoriety as former McVay assistant Zac Taylor is coaching against him in the Super Bowl.
The first question the Vikings have to answer is what they will do with Kirk Cousins.
Once that decision is made, O’Connell can move forward figuring out how to best operate his offense as the organization heads into a new era of leadership.