The Minnesota Vikings‘ head teaching emptiness is probably one of the best out there place within the NFL, and it could be a dream job for a few prime offensive minds mentioned to be available in the market for brand new alternatives.
Minnesota isn’t more likely to name a head coach till they choose a common supervisor, as each Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman bought the ax simply in the future after the Vikings’ completed up a disappointing 8-9 season and missed the playoffs for the second straight yr. It might appear, then, that handicapping potential candidates for the job is perhaps a tough proposition, notably for a sportsbook that would lose some severe coin ought to they get it flawed. However that didn’t cease @SportsBettingAG, which launched odds Wednesday, January 11 on who the subsequent Vikings head coach can be.
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Odds Say Coordinators in KC, Buffalo Have Finest Shot to Land Vikings Job
It seems that whoever group possession decides on for common supervisor, the odds-on cash favors the Vikings bending towards an offensive thoughts to steer their sideline.
That makes logical sense contemplating the expertise throughout the offensive facet of the ball, beginning with Professional-Bowl working again Dalvin Prepare dinner, Professional-Bowl large receiver Justin Jefferson and move catcher Adam Thielen, inarguably one of many prime No. 2 choices in all of soccer. Minnesota may trot out Kirk Cousins underneath heart — who occurs to be the league’s fifth-rated QB, per Pro Football Focus — ought to they select to take action as an alternative of buying and selling him.
Enter Bieniemy (+300) and Daboll (+400) as favorites to land the pinnacle teaching gig, per a tweet from Chad Graff, Vikings reporter for The Athletic Minnesota. Each offensive coordinators have an extended historical past of teaching within the NFL to various levels of success.
Beiniemy, Daboll Boast Prolonged NFL Resumés
Bieniemy has been the Chiefs’ OC for 4 seasons, presiding over one of many biggest offensive items of all-time. Kansas Metropolis has but to fall in need of the AFC Championship recreation throughout his tenure as coordinator, showing within the final two Tremendous Bowls and profitable a hoop in 2019-20. The Chiefs are the No. 2 seed heading into this yr’s playoffs, which start Saturday with Wildcard Weekend.
The Kansas Metropolis offense and its quarterback Patrick Mahomes have been the driving drive behind the Chiefs’ great stage of success. In 2018, Bienimy’s first season on the offensive helm, the group put collectively the third-highest scoring unit in historical past with 565 factors, or a median of 34.8 factors per recreation, based on Statmuse. The Chiefs completed second within the NFL in whole factors in 2019, sixth in 2020, and fourth this season. The group has never averaged fewer than 28 points per contest throughout Bieniemy’s time as offensive coordinator.
Earlier than his tenure in Kansas Metropolis, Bienimy spent 5 years teaching the Vikings working backs and was promoted to assistant head coach of the offense in 2010 earlier than leaving in December of that season. He coached in faculty earlier than getting his NFL begin with Minnesota in 2006.
Daboll started his NFL profession with the New England Patriots in 2000, the place he was a defensive assistant after which large receivers coach working underneath Invoice Belichick. He then coached for the New York Jets earlier than getting his first job as an offensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns in 2009.
Daboll didn’t discover a lot success in Cleveland, as his offenses ranked at, or close to, the underside of the NFL each seasons he held the job. He left in 2011 to be the OC with the Miami Dolphins after which joined the Chiefs to run their offense the next season, the place he additionally remained for only one yr.
Daboll returned to the Patriots in a lesser function earlier than leaving to function offensive coordinator underneath Nick Saban on the College of Alabama in 2017. The following yr, he joined on with the Payments and has labored as their offensive coordinator for 4 seasons. Daboll helped to develop quarterback Josh Allen, now one of many prime sign callers within the NFL, and has presided over a Payments offense that has completed third in overall point production in every of the final two common seasons.
Additionally excessive on the listing of potential candidates to take over as Vikings head coach are: Andre Patterson (+800), present assistant head coach in Minnesota; Brian Flores (+800), who most lately served as head coach of the Miami Dolphins for 3 seasons earlier than a shock firing earlier this week; and Doug Pederson (+900), who lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a Tremendous Bowl Championship after the 2017-18 common season marketing campaign.