Linehan, Lovie Talked About The OC

This offseason the Vikings only needed to fill one assistant coaching position, but VU has been told that the replacement process could have included offensive coordinator Scott Linehan if new Bears coach Lovie Smith had his way.

In the days leading up to his hiring as the new Bears coach, Lovie Smith was free to call around to other teams to see if coaches elsewhere wanted to join forces with him in Chicago.

VU has been told that one of those coaches was Vikings offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Although Linehan and Smith have never coached together, our source tells us Smith was impressed with the way Linehan game-planned for his defense in St. Louis as well as other games he watched on film.

With Smith planning to install an offense similar to those run by the Rams and Chiefs from the Vermeil years, he wanted an innovative offensive mind to take the reigns. The contact was intended to see what level of interest Linehan might have of defecting to the NFC North rival and helping Smith complete his makeover of the Bears offense.

Obviously, Linehan turned down Smith, opting to stay with the Vikings in hopes of building a winner in Minnesota instead of trying to do so elsewhere.

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