As they search for a new head coach, the Minnesota Vikings reportedly have not contacted Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy about the opening.
More than a week has passed since the Minnesota Vikings decided to fire head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman. Recently, the Vikings have been meeting with several candidates for both openings, and many are expecting the team to at least have a new general manager by the end of January.
So far, Minnesota has made requests to meet with eight head-coaching candidates according to multiple reports. However, there are a few noticeable names missing from the Vikings’ list, including current Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.
As a former member of the team’s coaching staff, Bieniemy is a name that is frequently brought up in the discussion about who will be the next Minnesota head coach. However, it doesn’t seem like the Vikings have the same feelings as their fans when it comes to the Chiefs offensive coordinator.
Minnesota Vikings reportedly have not contacted Eric Bieniemy, Doug Pederson, or Brian Daboll, about their head coach opening
As Minnesota has sent out requests to interview coaches around the NFL to replace Zimmer, some have wondered why guys like Bieniemy, former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, and current Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll haven’t been included in the search.
Well, according to the Star Tribune’s Ben Goessling on Wednesday, the Vikings haven’t even made contact with Bieniemy, Pederson, or Daboll during their search for a new head coach.
This isn’t to say that Minnesota isn’t interested in these candidates, but the team hasn’t reached out to any of them yet according to Goessling.
This news is a little surprising since there have been already been rumblings in the recent past about the Vikings eventually meeting with Pederson and Bieniemy’s past with the Vikings had most assuming he would be a top candidate for Zimmer’s old job.
Things could definitely change once Minnesota selects a new general manager, but for now, the team is moving forward in its search for a new head coach without Pederson, Bieniemy, or Daboll being included.