4 realistic candidates to be the next Vikings offensive coordinator

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Doug Pederson

A lot of Minnesota Vikings fans still hold a bit of a grudge against anyone associated with the Philadelphia Eagles, but former head coach Doug Pederson might be in the market for a new job as an offensive coordinator this season.

Pederson was an NFL quarterback from 1991 to 2004 before making the jump to an NFL coach in 2009 and working his way from offensive quality control coordinator to quarterbacks coach before moving to offensive coordinator in Kansas City and finally returning to Philly to be their head coach in 2016.

Known for aggressive playcalling and using misdirection with different personnel, Pederson may bring a spark to a somewhat predictable Vikings offense. However, a pass-heavy scheme may also clash with the philosophy of Mike Zimmer, which was one of the main reasons John DeFilippo didn’t stick in Minnesota.

On paper, Pederson seems like a smart choice with his experience, creativity, and success. But the simple fact that he might not fit in the blueprint that the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings wants to execute might rule him out quickly.