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.
* 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.
Linehan Will Get Offered OC Job
Viking Update Top Stories
Heinicke hoping to compete for No. 2 jobTaylor Heinicke is healthy and ready to compete for the No. 2 quarterback job for the Minnesota Vikings, but knows it won’t be easy with Case Keenum in front of him.
Viking Update5:48 AM
Paton staying put for nowMinnesota Vikings Assistant General Manager George Paton took his name out of consideration for the vacant general manager position in Kansas City, but it may not be long until he…
Viking Update5:05 AM
Floyd to serve one more day in jailMinnesota Vikings receiver Michael Floyd got an additional day of jail time and other penalties for violating terms of his house arrest.
Viking UpdateYesterday at 1:49 PM
U.S. Bank Stadium wins international awardWith Minnesota Vikings executives pitching plaudits, U.S. Bank Stadium took home an international stadium award.
Viking UpdateYesterday at 12:30 PM