Who Will Be the Vikings Next Head Coach? Eric Bieniemy, Andre Patterson Highlight Intriguing Candidates
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Odds to be Next Vikings Head Coach Odds
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Add the Minnesota Vikings to the list of teams in need of a head coach for next season.
Mike Zimmer couldn’t get the job done, as Minnesota missed the playoffs for the third time in the last four years. Coaching candidates for the Vikings range from star-studded offensive coordinators to long-tenured, in-house choices.
Here’s what stands out in the odds field.
Eric Bieniemy (+300)
Bieniemy coached Minnesota’s running backs from 2006-09, then took on an additional assistant head coach tag the following year. However, he reverted back to the college ranks in 2011, taking the Colorado OC gig.
Bieniemy, who’s been linked virtually everywhere with a vacancy, has been on the Chiefs staff since 2013.
Andre Patterson (+800)
Patterson has been with the Vikings since the 2014 season, coaching the defense. He did everything for the franchise this past year, handling assistant coaching, co-defensive coordinator and defensive-line duties.
Patterson, 61, started his coaching career in 1982 at Montana, before starting his NFL tenure as a D-line coach.
Todd Downing (+1400)
Downing, the Titans offensive coordinator, hasn’t surfaced much over the coaching carousel.
However, he’s from the state, went to college at Minnesota and had a one-year stop with the Vikings as their quality control coach back in 2005.