Vikings may need a new defensive coordinator in 2019

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) George Edwards
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) George Edwards /

Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards could be on his way out as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be interviewing him for their head coach vacancy.

Ever since Mike Zimmer was hired as the team’s head coach in 2014, the Minnesota Vikings have seen their defense transform into one of the best units in the entire NFL.

Helping Zimmer in the improvement of the Vikings’ defense over the last five years has been George Edwards.

Despite being Minnesota’s defensive coordinator, Edwards does not do the play-calling for the unit. However, he does play an important part in the defensive game-planning each week.

Well, the Vikings may have to find a replacement for Edwards next season as he has emerged as a head coaching candidate this year.

According to multiple reports, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have requested to interview the Minnesota defensive coordinator for their current head coaching vacancy.

Edwards has been a defensive assistant in the NFL since 1998 and before joining the Vikings he spent time with a number of teams around the league including the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, and Buffalo Bills.

This is not the first time he has interviewed for a head coaching position as the Chicago Bears met with the current Minnesota defensive coordinator last year before hiring Matt Nagy.

If Edwards were to be hired by the Buccaneers, it would certainly make the Vikings’ 2019 offseason even more eventful.

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It’s not like Minnesota doesn’t have a bunch of things to already worry about over the next few months. So losing their defensive coordinator should be fine, right?