Things were pretty quiet on the Vikings offensive coordinator front, until this morning when everything started happening at once.
The first domino fell when Chris Mortensen reported that talks between the Rams and prospective Vikings offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels fell through. Many believed McDaniels was a lock to secure the Rams’ OC job, leaving the Vikings out in the cold, but obviously something went wrong. McDaniels has already interviewed with the Vikings and is still believed to be their first choice.
With McDaniels apparently heading out of town the Rams were forced to go to plans B and C. Per Mortensen, plan B is the Falcons’ Bill Musgrave and C is the Vikings’ very own Darrell Bevell.
Interestingly, Mortensen made no mention in his story of former Vikings coach Brad Childress who was believed to be on the short-list for OC in St. Louis. At this point it appears Childress’ understudy Bevell could wind up scoring a new job before Childress himself. Chilly had been set to interview with the Dolphins but got stiffed when Miami chose Brian Daboll instead.
If Bevell doesn’t snag the OC job in St. Louis, he could end up landing in Seattle which plans to interview him for their QB coach vacancy. I hope Bevell enjoys airports because he’s going to be seeing a lot of them for the next couple of days.
And where does this all leave the Vikings in their quest to fill out Leslie Frazier‘s coaching staff? As of now Bevell is still the OC, but everyone knows the Vikings would love to replace him. McDaniels still has to be the #1 choice, but the Vikings will also bring in the aforementioned Bill Musgrave, who is currently employed by the Falcons as assistant head coach/QB coach.
With all this other stuff still being sorted out, the Vikings will apparently hold off on announcing Mike Singletary as their new linebackers coach. For several days now it has been reported that Singletary has landed that job, but the Vikings still have not made it official. It’s thought that Leslie Frazier wants to wait until he has his whole staff in place then make one big single announcement. For the symbolic value, I guess.