Who will Mike Zimmer hire as defensive coordinator in Minnesota? It won’t be Paul Guenther. The linebackers coach will reportedly stay in Cincinnati and accept a promotion to defensive coordinator.
Speculation had been running pretty high that Guenther would follow Zimmer to Minnesota as DC, but the Bengals made a push to keep Guenther, who was also rumored to be on Washington’s radar screen to become DC under Jay Gruden.
If Guenther was indeed plan A for DC in Minnesota, then new head coach Zimmer will have to go to plan B. One name to stash in the back of your notebook: 49ers D-line coach Jim Tomsula, who was reportedly interviewed by the Vikings Saturday ahead of San Francisco’s playoff game with Carolina.
One guy I don’t think we’ll be seeing in the mix at DC is Alan Williams, who has been somewhat trashed by players in the wake of Leslie Frazier’s firing. I seriously doubt we’ll see any in-house options being considered at DC.
Mike Zimmer is likely going to clean house with this staff. And given the way things went the last couple years, I couldn’t blame him.