4 former NFL head coaches the Vikings could replace Mike Zimmer with

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Doug Pederson

Former Team:

  • Philadelphia Eagles

Career Record:

  • 42-37-1 (.531)
  • 4-2 in the playoffs

Doug Pederson is definitely one of the most accomplished former NFL head coaches the Vikings could go after. Especially since he helped lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl win inside Minnesota’s home stadium.

During the Eagles’ first four seasons with Pederson as their head coach, they went on to make the playoffs three times. The majority of Philadephia’s postseason success with him as their head coach did come in the 2017 campaign when they won the Super Bowl, but getting to the playoffs three out of four years is still impressive.

Pederson has an offensive background, so his arrival would be a complete 180 for Minnesota. The Vikings likely wouldn’t have to worry about finding a new offensive play-caller every season like they currently do as the former Eagles head coach has plenty of experience when it comes to calling plays for an offense.

Pederson’s time in Philadelphia did end on a sour note after he was accused of throwing a game near the end of the 2020 season to improve the team’s position in the 2021 NFL Draft. It’s up to Minnesota’s decision-makers though to choose whether or not that incident is something that would prevent them from hiring Pederson to replace Mike Zimmer as their next head coach.