Vikings list of coaching candidates a long one

MINNEAPOLIS -- The mad dash for a new coach has begun for five NFL teams, including the Minnesota Vikings, who fired coach Leslie Frazier a day after a disappointing season ground to a halt.

"It's better to get the right guy than it is to get the first guy," ESPN writer Kevin Seifert explained.

Seifert has been covering the league for quite some time, and he's pretty plugged in to the coaching carousel that teams are sorting through right now.

Seifert also says he expects Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman to be thorough and methodical as he sorts through candidates.

"He's going to interview all the usual suspects, and he's going to interview some people you probably haven't heard of and he's going to interview some people he wants kept secret. You'll never find out," Seifert told KARE 11.

Seifert explained there isn't an "it' guy; that one candidate that stands out above the field. But between college coaches and current NFL coordinators, there is a healthy list to choose from.

The day after Frazier was fired, four names rose to the top of the Vikings list. Keep in mind, it's not a list released by the Vikings, rather a collection of names speculated upon by beat writers.

"Darrell Bevell is an Offensive Coordinator. He was the offensive coordinator here (in Minnesota), he went to Seattle, and has developed a really dynamic offense," Seifert explained. "Dan Quinn is the Seahawks Defensive Coordinator and the Seahawks have a great defense."

Staying out west, but heading south, a guy from the Cardinals is also on the radar.

"Todd Bowles is the Defensive Coordinator in Arizona. Arizona had a great defense this year," the ESPN writer noted. "And a lot of people want to talk to Adam Gase, the Offensive Coordinator in Denver who is very young. It's his first year doing this," Seifert said, before adding that Gase might not be available for interviews until the playoffs wrap up.

The list is expected to change daily and it wouldn't be surprising if Spielman interviews 12 to 15 coaches before he picks a new head man. But the competition with four other teams could limit the Vikings' options.

"There are worse jobs, but there are better jobs. I think the Vikings are somewhere in the middle," Seifert concluded.


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