The Minnesota Vikings committed Kevin O’Connell by Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams as a new Head Coach. That announced the club on Wednesday. “We are overjoyed,” said Vikings-co-owner Mark Wilf. “He is a strong leader, an innovative trainer and an excellent communicator.”
And Mark Wilf continues: “Kevin played the game at all levels, which has introduced him a unique connection with the players. He is highly seen in the whole league.” On Thursday (local time) O’Connell should be officially presented at the Vikings.
O’Connell, 36, the second-year-old current NFL head coach is after his former boss Sean Mcvay, who is younger again eight months.
Minnesota was not allowed to announce the obligation of O’Connell as long as the Rams still played in the PostSeason. Their season ended with the triumph in Super Bowl LVI about the Cincinnati Bengals.
O’Connell was one of four candidates who received a second job interview with the Vikings. Among others, his colleague Raheem Morris, his sign defensive coordinator of the Rams, had been in the raffle.
O’Connell: problem solver in all areas
“When I spent time with Kevin during the interview process, it became clear immediately that he will be a great partner in building this football team for long-term success,” said Minnesotas General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah in the statement. “He understands what is crucial to lead a team on an absolute top level, and he has the ability to simplify complex, which will help us with problem solving in all areas. He is a through and through positive person who contribute to it will create an energetic internal environment “.
It is expected that O’Connell will take the Rams-Tight-Ends-Coach and Passing Game Coordinator Wes Phillips as an offensive coordinator or passing game coordinator to Minnesota. This reports ESPNS Adam Schefter.
Rams-Running Backs coach Thomas Brown will also apply to the job of offensive coordinators, according to the editor. The Vikings have already on board their defensive coordinator for O’Connell’s staff. According to ESPN, she concluded a contract with Ed Donatell last week.
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O’Connell follows in Minnesota on Mike Room, who had been fired last month after eight seasons in Minnesota. The Vikings had last missed the play-offs twice in a row. For O’Connell it is the first station as a head coach.