Linehan Will Get Offered OC Job

VU has learned the Vikings will offer the offensive coordinator job to Scott Linehan and an official announcement will be made early next week.

Like many other head coaches, Mike Tice will be working the room in New Orleans. But he'll have other irons in the fire.

VU has learned that Tice either has already offered or will make an offer today to Scott Linehan of Louisville University to become the Vikings new offensive coordinator.

Linehan, one of three finalists for the job, interviewed again with Tice Wednesday and the Vikings were quite impressed with his attitude and credentials.

With Tice down at the Super Bowl, an official announcement likely won't come until he's back at Winter Park -- likely next Tuesday -- but VU has learned an offer has been extended and will likely be accepted, making Linehan the Vikings new offensive coordinator.

THURSDAY NOTES
* Tice said that special teams coach Jay Hayes is on the list of potential new special teams coach for the Vikings. Hayes was fired this week from the Pittsburgh Steelers after the Steelers special teams allowed two touchdowns to New England.
* VU has been told that the Ravens are close to announcing they have signed Gary Zauner. Zauner, a close friend of Brian Billick, became a candidate when the Baltimore special teams coaching slot came open and we're hearing it's a done deal.
* A note from a Raiders source said Dennis Green isn't a slam dunk in Oakland if Jon Gruden is allowed to leave to Tampa Bay. Apparently there is still some animosity from Rich Gannon, who Green benched in favor of (ugh!) Sean Salisbury when Gannon was with the Vikings -- and the bitterness still remains.

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