The Minnesota Vikings are getting their off-season started immediately. After already addressing the future of their QB Kirk Cousins (will return) and WR Justin Jefferson (expected to begin contract negotiations once able), they have made their first move.
In regards to a key fixture to their coaching staff.
Yesterday head coach Kevin O’Connell addressed what the future of defensive coordinator Ed Donatell looks like in Minnesota.
Well, the future is here but coach Donatell is not. O’Connell has put out a statement confirming the firing of the Vikings one-year DC.
Statement from Head Coach Kevin O’Connell pic.twitter.com/ntRqd4cr4A— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) January 19, 2023
It’s not too much of a surprise that the Minnesota Vikings are parting ways with Donatell. The defense ranked near the bottom in a number of key areas:
- Total Defense: 31st
- Pass Defense: 31st
- Rush Defense: 20th
- Penalties: 31st
- Penalty Yards Surrendered: 32nd
- Yards Per Play: 30th
- First Downs Surrendered: 26th
- Expected Points Allowed Above Expectation: 27th
In his one year with O’Connell and the Vikings, the defense was a constant talking point as an emphasis of weakness. Allowing too many points and yards, putting all the pressure on the offense to produce.
The Minnesota Vikings will now look to hire a new defensive coordinator ahead of the beginning of the new league year on March 15th. In time for free agency and the ensuing NFL Draft.
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