5 offensive coaches the Vikings could replace Mike Zimmer with

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Who are some of the top offensive minds in the NFL right now that the Minnesota Vikings should consider as a replacement for head coach Mike Zimmer?

After eight games this season, the Minnesota Vikings are 3-5, and all five of their losses have been by one score.

When a team loses that many close games, it usually has to do with a few coaching mistakes such as confusion about timeouts (Mike Zimmer not knowing how many he has or the quarterback not knowing if he is able to call a timeout) or preventable 12-men on the field penalties in crucial defensive situations.

With Zimmer’s seat getting hotter as the weather outside is getting colder, it might be time for the Vikings to start thinking about the next era for their franchise.

Speaking of eras, there has been a recent transition in the NFL where younger, offensive minded coaches are seeing more head coaching opportunities. Zac Taylor (38) taking over the Cincinnati Bengals, Kliff Kingsbury (42) with the Arizona Cardinals, Matt LeFleur (41) with the Green Bay Packers, and of course, Sean McVay (34) lighting the league on fire with the Los Angeles Rams are just a few examples.

These offensive coaches are able to adapt to the ever-changing style of play that makes football so beautiful.

While there is a wave of young coaching talent ready to take over the league, there is also a plethora of brilliant offensive minds that should finally get their chance at becoming an NFL head coach this offseason.

With that being said, who are some of the top offensive assistant coaches from around the league that Minnesota should keep in mind when they eventually move on from Zimmer as their head coach?