If Leslie Frazier’s current record wasn’t enough to convince you that he is coaching his last games in Minnesota, then today’s report that the Vikings are already putting out feelers ought to do the trick.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Vikings have reached out to Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien, who served as an assistant with the Patriots from 2007 to 2011. He not only has some familiarity with Vikings rookie linebackers Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges, but boasts a successful pedigree of two tight end sets and offensive innovation.
O’Brien seems like a logical candidate for the Vikings to check out, but the odds are long that he is the next head coach of the team. His Penn State contract reportedly requires an NFL team to buy him out to the tune of $7.73 million. There are also some unsubstantiated rumors floating around that O’Brien actually has no intent to once again join the NFL coaching ranks and wants to stay put.
The Vikings aren’t the only team to contact O’Brien. The Houston Texans, who currently have a head coaching vacancy, have also reached out to the college coach.
If things get more serious regarding O’Brien we will more extensively explore who he is as a coach and a man. In the meantime, this story is more about confirming that the Vikings appear poised to usher in a new era of Minnesota football by doing away with their current staff.