Rumors Circulate On Offensive Coordinator

Vikings head coach Mike Tice has a lot of options to look for at offensive coordinator and the list just keeps growing.

Who will Mike Tice select as offensive coordinator? That's become the $300,000 question and several names are being thrown around.

As reported earlier, Louisville offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has been named as a contender, but he is far from alone.

Other names being bandied around include a pair of former San Diego Charger head coaches -- Kevin Gilbride and Mike Riley, as well as Seattle quarterback coach Jim Zorn.

VU has also learned that the Vikings have thus far been denied requests to talk to Indianapolis O.C. Tom Moore and Oakland senior assistant Marc Trestman -- who many thought would be hired as coach when Dennis Green was hired back in 1992.

The reasons aren't malicious for not allowing the Vikings to speak to the latter two. Moore is still under contract with the Colts and won't have his position made clear until a new coach is hired. VU has been told Tony Dungy all but has the Indy gig locked up if he wants it and his relationship with Moore could mean that he stays. As for Trestman, with the Raiders still alive in the playoffs, it is standard for an organization not to give permission to speak with another NFL team until the playoff team is eliminated.

* A wild rumor is circulating that former Viking QB Jeff George may want to come back to the Vikings. While also speculated to be interested in heading back to Washington, George has cleared two major hurdles -- the firings of Dennis Green and Marty Schottenheimer, neither of whom were enamoured with George's work habits under their watch.
* Tice said the Vikings aren't in as bad of shape against the salary cap as he thought they would be. He indicated the team is currently $8 million over the salary cap, but more than that will be eliminated when the contracts of Cris Carter, Robert Griffith and Lance Johnstone are automatically voided. He's convinced he can bring back all free agents he wants to re-sign, and Griffith and TE Byron Chamberlain are the top choices.
* VU got word that a rumor in San Diego has the team interested in Dennis Green. However, everything we're hearing is that Green is going to sit out 2002 in hopes of lining up a dream job in either San Francisco or Oakland, where both of their coaches are disenchanted with ownership and where both clubs have a big interest in Green if a vacancy opens.

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