Minnesota Vikings News Roundup: The Leadership is Taking Shape
In this week’s Minnesota Vikings news roundup, we take a look at the coaching staff, Senior Bowl, and a few other odds and ends. One thing I’ll establish from the very beginning: the OC hire hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s going to Lil’Kub. Continuity is important, so expect the coaching staff to be finalized soon. The Vikings will want to have their leadership in place soon so they can take on the offseason with a full staff.
Filling out The Coaching Staff
The Vikings’ coaching staff isn’t quite complete, but they’re making progress.
On special teams, the Vikings considered Anthony Blevins. They interviewed him recently. He is currently with the Giants as their assistant DB coach but has a background coaching special teams. Instead, the Vikings opted to promote Ryan Finken, who has been with the organization for a long time.
They hired Keenan McCardell to coach the receivers. He had the same position with the Jaguars. It can be tough to know how much impact a lower-level coach can have. We should be encouraged by the fact that the Jags have developed some legit talent at receiver. Apparently, McCardell even coached Stefon Diggs in college. It looks like a great hire.
The injuries were an issue this season, so it should be unsurprising that they’ve hired a new strength and conditioning coach. Josh Hingst, who was formerly with the Eagles, will now be coaching with the Vikes.
Much has been made of the Senior Bowl, and for good reason. Covid-19 continues to run amok on our world, so the usual methods of evaluation are going to continue to face significant hurdles. Having an actual chance to see these prospects in person against top-notch talent will go a long way for evaluators.
Anyone who reads the coverage will have likely heard of iOL Quinn Meinerz. He is a DIII prospect, and yet he put on a show this week. As The Athletic’s Dan Brugler said, “not only did Meinerz (and his crop-topped jersey and exposed midsection) play like he belonged this week, but he consistently dominated in one-on-one’s and team drills.”
Also, take a look at the video below of iOL Dillon Radunz. Safe to say the Vikings could use someone like this:
There are several other notable names. Vikings Wire highlighted DT Marvin Wilson for both his size and pass rush abilities. Brugler also highlighted WR Demetric Felton, who could be a good complementary piece among Minnesota’s elite playmakers.
Notes from TVG
Some interesting stuff got posted this week on TVG. Nick made his case for a Riley Reiff cut, and Mitch is back to continue his Moron’s Guide to Football series. He covers man vs zone coverages in this week’s article. Otherwise, the most notable article covered the recent Kyle Rudolph interview, the need for upgrading at backup QB, and some bargain options in free agency. Finally, the leaders from Purple Pain Forums dropped by to offer us some more wisdom in this month’s Round Table.
It’s safe to say that the league isn’t slowing down anytime soon, so be sure to keep swinging by TVG for your weekly Minnesota Vikings news roundup. Reader: you are valued and appreciated. Have a great Sunday. Skol.