Report: Vikings to meet with McDaniels

Posted Jan. 06, 2011 @ 7:31 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

According to an ESPN report, the Vikings are planning to meet with former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels, perhaps to be their next offensive coordinator.

Staff changes already have occurred with the Vikings, as QB coach Kevin Rogers, OL coach Pat Morris and assistant OL coach Jim Hueber all have been relieved of their duties.

More changes could be on the way under new head coach Leslie Frazier. Although Darrell Bevell, who served as the team's offensive coordinator this past season, remains on the staff, he could be asked to take a demotion, perhaps becoming the QB coach. Bevell was the QB coach in Green Bay for six seasons.

The interest in McDaniels could mean the Vikings are moving away from the West Coast offense that Brad Childress and Bevell ran the past few seasons. When asked at his introductory press conference about the West Coast and what offense he might consider running, Frazier was noncommittal: "I have been a part of the West Coast system here and other places as well. It's a very good system, but the one thing I want to be able to do is, as mentioned before with our personnel, I want to do the same thing with our offense, with our defense, with our special teams, just to sit back and evaluate where we are right now and what's best for us going forward based on the personnel that we have.

"I don't want to be married to anything today. I want to open it up and just make sure we are doing the right thing that ensures we have a great chance of being successful next fall."

McDaniels served as the Patriots' offensive coordinator prior to taking the Broncos' head-coaching job in 2009. He was fired midway through his second NFL season with an overall mark of 11-17, despite a 6-0 start last year.