The Minnesota Vikings head coach search has officially come to an end, as the team announced on Wednesday that former Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell has been named the new HC.
O’Connell has been reported in recent weeks as Minnesota’s pick for the job, though nothing can be made official until after the Rams’ playoff run, which ended with a Super Bowl victory last Sunday.
“We are thrilled to add Kevin as a head coach,” Vikings co-owner and president Mark Wilf said via the team’s website. “He’s a strong leader, an innovative coach and an excellent communicator. Kevin has played the game at every level, which gives him a unique connection with the players, and he is highly respected throughout the league. Fans of the Vikings should be excited for the future of this team under Kevin’s leadership.”
O’Connell, 36, spent two seasons as the Rams’ offensive coordinator. Prior to his time on Sean McVay’s coaching staff, he spent three seasons in Washington where he served as quarterbacks coach in 2017 and passing game coordinator in 2018 before becoming offensive coordinator in 2019.
O’Connell was one of four coaching candidates to score a second interview with the Vikings. Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, former Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh also had several talks with Minnesota.
A press conference to officially introduce O’Connell as the new Vikings head coach is set to take place Thursday.