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.

**Last updated February 3rd at 4:30 pm CST

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.

Coaches Interviewing Elsewhere

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.”

Angelichio is on to the second of Ravens interviews, as ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler tweeted on Friday, February 3rd, “Vikings pass-game coordinator Brian Angelichio has a second interview set for Ravens OC job, per source. He also interviewed for the Cowboys OC job Thursday. Busy time for veteran offensive coach.”

Verdict: TO BE DETERMINED

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.”

Verdict: TO BE DETERMINED

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.”

Later on 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; interviewing with Tampa Bay.

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.

The Vikings Defensive Coordinator Hunt

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.”

The Vikings main Twitter account posted Tuesday, January 25th, “We have completed an interview with Seahawks Associate Head Coach – Defense Sean Desai for our open defensive coordinator position.”

On Friday, February 3rd, Desai withdrew his candidacy. Mike Klis from 9News in Denver tweeted, “Not only have Broncos requested an interview for Seattle associate HC Sean Desai for DC but Desai has withdrawn from consideration for MIN DC job, per source. Desai interviewed with the Vikings last week. Wants to concentrate on DEN. Vic Fangio recommended Denver to Desai.”

Verdict: Withdrew from Vikings defensive coordinator position to pursue Broncos DC job.

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.”

ESPN’s Kevin Seifert tweeted on Thursday, January 27th, “The Vikings have completed an interview with Brian Flores for their defensive coordinator position. Flores is also a candidate for the Cardinals’ HC job. Vikings DC interviews so far: Ryan Nielsen, Sean Desai, Mike Pettine and Flores.”

On Friday, February 3rd, Flores was summoned by the Broncos for an interview as Ian Rapoport tweeted, “The Broncos have requested to interview with Steelers LBs coach and senior defensive assistant Brian Flores for their defensive coordinator position under Sean Payton, source said.”

Verdict: Has concluded interview. 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.”

Ian Rapoport tweeted on Friday, January 27th, “The Falcons have announced Saints co-DC Ryan Nielsen as their new defensive coordinator.

Verdict: Out of the Vikings DC search. Hired by Falcons.

Mike Pettine

From: Minnesota Vikings Assitant Head Coach

Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine speaks to media on Feb. 18, 2019, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. © Sarah Kloepping/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis.

Interviewing for: Vikings Defensive Coordinator

Latest Update NFL Network‘s Ian Rapoport tweeted Wednesday, January 25th, “The Vikings are interviewing Mike Pettine, the former Packers DC and current assistant head coach, for their vacant DC job, source said.” Brian Flores, the Steelers senior defensive assistant and LBs coach, has his Minnesota interview tomorrow.”

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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