Nov 24, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Denver Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio watches from the sideline as they take on the New England Patriots in the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Assistants Jack Del Rio, Adam Gase Are Coaching Candidates In Minnesota

Leslie Frazier was fired as head coach Monday morning by the 5-10-1 Minnesota Vikings. So who will be the next head coach in Minnesota? Candidates are already being lined up, at least speculatively.

Adam Schefter has begun the process of throwing out names by mentioning a pair of Denver assistants in connection with the Vikings job. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio and offensive coordinator Adam Gase are both on the Vikings’ radar according to Schefter.

The Vikings reportedly have already inquired about Gase. Both coordinators are still working for Denver as the Broncos head into the playoffs.

Jack Del Rio is a name well-known to Viking fans, as he played linebacker in Minnesota for many years. Del Rio already has a stint as head coach with Jacksonville under his belt. Earlier this season he served as head coach when John Fox had a medical issue.

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien has been mentioned in connection with the Vikings as well but O’Brien is believed to be a long-shot for Minnesota.

This is only the beginning of what should prove to be a fruitful head coach speculation season. Rick Spielman is believed to have at least a double-digit list of desired candidates.

The Vikings’ last two coaches, Brad Childress and Leslie Frazier, were hired rather swiftly, but this time the organization appears willing to be patient and thorough in poring through all the candidates.

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  • Jake

    Unless Schefter is reporting on something that has already happened, nothing he says can be considered solid or truthful. He claims to be some sort of inside guy but he has no real inside connection to anything and clearly makes up most of what he’s saying. He is very rarely right about anything. You would do well not to put any stock in what Adam Schefter says he knows.

  • Daniel Laxen

    Looking at the situation any coaching candidate faces in Minnesota is not exactly what I’d call a must have job. Looking at this whole situation takes time. The Wilfs are in the midst of a trial that could well cost them a shit ton of money. Then there is the stadium issue. Outside at a college ball park leaves much to be desired. They’re in flux still at the QB position. There are weapons, but the offensive guard position is terrible. The defensive side of the ball is where the problems really lie. The Vikings are nearly bereft of talent in many areas. NT, WLB, MLB, SS, and LCB are all needing starting quality players. Then you have Rick Spielman. He most times looks for injured players coming back and signing them to a 1 year deal. Something cries CHEAP to me in all of these situations in free agency. I don’t look for the Vikings to change up now as the Metrodome is closed. I’m wondering if he’ll bring in a coach like Wannstedt in some capacity? He was in Miami his lone year there…

  • David Holmquist

    Forget a “big hire” like Cowher, O’Brien, Roman, or Gruden (Jon or Jay). Too expensive. David Shaw would be amazing, but he’d also be beyond the price range for the budget-conscious Vikes, who want the best coach they can afford. More realistic options are Wisenhunt or Mora. I won’t be surprised to see it be Hue Jackson: minority, one year a head coach (in Oakland–fired after his one season, where he went 8-8), good offensive coach (especially in the running game), experienced (college and pro levels; coordinator and position coach on both sides of the ball), and a solid “tree” (Harbaugh, Schottenheimer). Best of all, the price will be right.