3 candidates to be the next Vikings defensive coordinator

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The Minnesota Vikings and long-time defensive coordinator George Edwards have parted ways. Who are some candidates who could replace him?

With their 2019 season now over, the Minnesota Vikings have made some changes to both their offensive and defensive coaching staffs.

First, Kevin Stefanski left to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns and now the Vikings and defensive coordinator George Edwards have officially split. Defensive backs coach Jerry Gray also won’t be returning for next season and Minnesota’s defensive leaders will have some new faces in 2020.

The question that remains is who will now be the Vikings’ new defensive coordinator moving forward? With Mike Zimmer being a defensive-minded guy and the primary play-caller for the unit, the position isn’t as important as being the offensive coordinator for Minnesota, but it still is a key role that holds a lot of responsibility.

The Vikings will likely promote someone internally to be their new defensive coordinator, keeping continuity and ensuring a smooth transition. They could look outside the organization, but if they did that, the guy they hire would need to be well-versed in the Zimmer defense.

So who are three candidates that could end up becoming Minnesota’s next defensive coordinator this year?

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