The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Houston Texans were in the same boat as the Minnesota Vikings on Black Monday, but now those two teams have officially hired their new head coaches, the pressure is on the Vikings to lock down theirs.
Bill O’Brien was considered a candidate for the Vikings head coaching job before signing with the Texans, and prior to his signing with the Buccaneers Lovie Smith is a coach that should have been on the Vikings’ radar. Smith is a fan of the Tampa two-defensive scheme, which is what the Vikings were unable to effectively run this season under the supervision of Leslie Frazier and Alan Williams.
With two of the more highly touted head coaching candidates now calling a new city home, time is beginning to run out for the Vikings. Although it’s smart to do your due diligence when making a decision of this magnitude, the Vikings have missed out on two prime candidates, and simply cannot afford to miss another.
The Vikings have been rumored to be interested in quite a few coordinators still coaching in the playoffs, but with other team’s surely looking at the same candidates it’s time general manager Rick Spielman tightens his time schedule. In a press conference on Monday, after the firing of Frazier, Spielman said he had no deadline other than the Senior Bowl for hiring a head coach, and would take as much time as he needed to find a suitable candidate.
However, with two coaches already signing deals this week, and three other teams still looking for their franchise leader, Spielman must show more urgency in his hiring of the Vikings’ next head coach.