5 offensive coaches the Vikings could replace Mike Zimmer with

(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) Kevin O'Connell
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Kevin O’Connell (Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator)

Coming from the golden Sean McVay coaching tree of life, Kevin O’Connell is currently McVay’s right-hand man on the current Los Angeles Rams coaching staff.

McVay likes and trusts his offensive coordinator to the point where O’Connell was blocked from interviewing with another NFL team to be their new offensive coordinator.

While McVay, like many offensive head coaches, assumes play-calling duties, O’Connell has a major influence on how the Rams’ offense operates.

A young, former offensive assistant with the Rams coming to the NFC North to be a head coach would be deja vu all over again.

Current Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LeFleur, who coached under McVay in 2017 before taking the offensive coordinator job and play-caller duties for the Tennessee Titans which then landed him in Green Bay, has seen a tremendous amount of success early on in his career as a head coach.

In fact, LeFleur has the highest winning percentage (80.5) for any NFL coach in the Super Bowl era that has been with a team for at least 40 games.

At 36-years-old, if McVay trusts O’Connell to the point where he’s practically holding his offensive coordinator hostage, the Vikings should trust O’Connell to take over as their next head coach.