Where Do We Stand? Minnesota’s OC/QB Vacancies
The 2017 NFL season has officially concluded after the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 to win the franchise’s first Super Bowl championship. And with the official conclusion of the league season, the whispers about free agents and coaching vacancies will turn louder in the upcoming days and weeks. One of the larger problems in the league lies in the beautiful venue of Super Bowl 52: Minneapolis.
The Vikings are without two key positions in the franchise: a starting quarterback and an offensive coordinator. Former OC Pat Shurmur left to take over as the NY Giants Head Coach, and all 3 of the 2017 Vikings QB’s are unrestricted free agents (Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater, Case Keenum). There are no guarantees in sports, especially not in the carousel that is the QB and coaching system in the NFL, but here is an update as of the beginning of the 2018 offseason:
The Minnesota Vikings have interviewed 4 candidates already for the OC job: Former Vikings OC Darrell Bevell (2006-2010), current QB Coach Kevin Stefanski, Sean Ryan and Dan Campbell. However, the Vikings are reportedly interested in interviewing current Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo. Given the Vikings hold out on announcing a hire, GM Rick Spielman and co. seem to genuinely be interested in DeFilippo. Due to a contractual detail, they cant talk with DeFilippo until 10 days after the season.
This wrinkle in hiring an OC trickles down directly to the QB situation in Minnesota. Spielman has already more than hinted that the new OC will have a large part in determining who the Vikings’ QB will be in 2018:
“He’ll have a major part of the decision-making process. He’ll be heavily involved in that… The Way that we structure everything is that everybody has a part in that process myself, Coach Zimmer, our scouting department and all of our coaches. Anytime we make a major decision, we have a systematic approach that I feel is very thorough so we can make the best decision possible. This will be no different for whoever comes in.”(h/t Eric Smtih, Vikings.com)
The Vikings of course have a decision of whether or not to resign any of their incumbent QB’s, along with determining how much they like free agent QB’s such as Kirk Cousins and Drew Brees. It has been reported that despite trading for Alex Smith, the Redskins may consider franchise tagging Cousins to be able to trade him and receive compensation. Brees has also been adamant in the media that he is staying in New Orleans, so the Vikings decisions may well be made for them.
Its time to see where all the chips start to lie and get ready for a wild offseason.