The former head coaches are coming to town.
During an interview on 1500 ESPN Thursday, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he wanted to finish assembling his coaching staff in the coming week. He's getting a quick start on it.
On Friday, the Vikings are scheduled to meet with former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels, presumably to talk about the offensive coordinator position, according to ESPN, and they also plan to meet with former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary, most likely for the linebackers coaching position.
Both coaches were fired this season.
McDaniels was the offensive coordinator in New England under Bill Belichick before being hired as the Broncos coach in 2009. He went 11-17 in his tenure at Denver before being fired this season.
McDaniels, 34, had conflicts with quarterback Jay Cutler and receiver Brandon Marshall, hastening those offensive stars' exit from the Broncos. He also made a series of personnel moves in Denver that didn't pan out and likely contributed to his troubles there.
He drafted quarterback Tim Tebow in the first round in 2010 but was reluctant to play him. After McDaniels was fired, Tebow was given more playing time and had some success, starting the final three games and throwing five touchdowns and three interceptions. McDaniels also traded running back Peyton Hillis and two draft picks to Cleveland for backup quarterback Brady Quinn. Hillis rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Browns while Quinn became the third-string quarterback in Denver.
But those questionable personnel moves aside, McDaniels is considered a bright offensive mind after growing up the son of a successful high school coach and working in the NFL under Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. From 2001 to 2008, McDaniels worked in the personnel department and coached on both sides of the ball. He was with the Patriots during their three Super Bowl championships – Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX.
He became most widely known for his offensive acumen. As the offensive coordinator in New England in 2007, the Patriots set NFL records for touchdowns (75) and points (589).
The Vikings still have offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on staff, but he would likely become either the quarterbacks coach or move on if the Vikings hire McDaniels.
Singletary has a Super Bowl ring from his playing days. He was the middle linebacker for the 1985 Chicago Bears, winners of Super Bowl XX, while Leslie Frazier was a cornerback. The Bears went 15-1 that year and Singletary was named the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year.
Singletary played for the Bears from 1981-92 and was a 10-time Pro Bowler and eight-time first-team all-pro. He became an assistant coach for two years with the Baltimore Ravens in 2003, then was an assistant with the 49ers from 2005-08 before being named the head coach during the 2008 season.
He was 18-22 as a head coach.
Frazier is hoping to have his coaching staff finalized in the next week.
"I'm hoping that we'll make some inroads over the next few days and maybe make an announcement in the next 10 days, I hope," he said during an interview on 1500 ESPN. "There are some things that need to happen for that to work out perfectly, but hopefully sooner than later."
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