It does not matter if the Vikings hire an offensive or defensive head coach

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Raheem Morris and Sean McVay
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Why should the Vikings want an offensive coordinator?

With so much up in the air regarding Kirk Cousins, the Vikings may be in the market for a new quarterback. If that is the case, having an offensive-minded head coach to work with a young quarterback would have the potential for something special.

Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook are appealing superstars for incoming head coaches. Getting someone that can utilize them and scheme things to make life easier for their stars has to be in the cards.

Nathaniel Hackett

  • Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator

Green Bay has been lucky to have Aaron Rodgers under center, but that should not take away from Nathaniel Hackett as a head coaching candidate. Hackett has worked in the NFL since 2006 as an offensive assistant in some capacity with several clubs.

The most notable feat of his career was his run in Jacksonville that helped lead his team to the AFC Championship Game as the offensive coordinator. Hackett was able to make Blake Bortles a decent quarterback while also making a deep playoff run without Allen Robinson.

Jacksonville had the league’s top rushing attack and a top-six offense in the NFL, thanks to Hackett.

Kevin O’Connell

  • Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator

The Rams have another strong candidate on the other side of the ball in Kevin O’Connell. Sean McVay has done an incredible job as an NFL Head Coach – now it is time for his disciples to take over.

O’Connell has been an offensive coordinator in Washington and Los Angeles, working with Matt Stafford and Kirk Cousins. His familiarity with Cousins could kickstart the offense – or his disdain for Kirk could force him out of town. Either way, he will have first-hand experience with Minnesota’s current quarterback.

Kellen Moore

  • Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator

The playoffs have not been kind to Dallas lately, but the Cowboys have boasted one of the league’s top offenses for a couple of years. In 2021, Dallas was first in the NFL in total yards and points scored. With Dak Prescott out of the lineup, they were still able to rally and beat the Vikings on the road with Cooper Rush at quarterback.

Kellen Moore has worked up the ranks in Dallas and has earned his shot at a coaching gig. He could do incredible things with Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson, both of whom are better than their Dallas counterparts.

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The Vikings may ultimately choose to go after an offensive head coach this offseason, which is more than fine, but that should not be the only expectation.