Vikings report: First interview confirmed for head coach candidate

Doug Pederson - Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Doug Pederson - Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports /

The Minnesota Vikings are reported to have scheduled their first interview with a candidate for the open head coach position.

Black Monday in the NFL saw both head coach Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman’s time with the Minnesota Vikings come to an end. Now, the franchise is left to search for new individuals to fill those roles moving forward.

On Tuesday, a report of the first confirmed interview for head coach was shared on Twitter by NFL insider Jason La Canfora in a Twitter post and the candidate mentioned shouldn’t be a big surprise to any fans.

Here is the tweet from La Canfora:

Who is Doug Pederson and how would he fit with the Minnesota Vikings?

Most Vikings fans will remember Pederson for being the head coach of the Eagles who won Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. He was praised for using a creative offensive style that got the most out of Carson Wentz and Nick Foles.

Pederson spent three seasons with the Chiefs as their offensive coordinator before his promotion to head coach in Philly in 2016 but worked with the Eagles as their quarterbacks coach and Offensive quality control during his early NFL tenure.

It’s not surprising that Minnesota is interested in bringing an offensive mend to the team after the focus on defense with Mike Zimmer. Being able to get the most out of their skill players and push the ball down the field has to be appealing.

Doug Pederson will likely be a hot commodity among teams looking for a new head coach thanks to a proven record of success blended with 12 years of experience. He will turn 54 on Jan. 31. La Canfora stating that Chicago, Jacksonville, and Denver are all interested should demonstrate the demand for his service.

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Expect the Minnesota Vikings to interview several more candidates over the next couple of weeks to ensure they get the right person for the vacant head coaching position. For now, it is exciting to see the process begin with a quality candidate as the first confirmed interview.