Vikings want to interview Nathaniel Hackett, Dan Quinn, DeMeco Ryans, Jonathan Gannon

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The Vikings’ early list of head coaching candidates features a number of popular names in this year’s hiring cycle and one newcomer.

Shortly after word of their request to interview Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles came on Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reported that they also want to interview Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, and 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans.

Hackett can interview with the team this weekend, although he already has a busy dance card. He spoke to the Jaguars Friday and is interviewing with the Bears and Broncos on Saturday.

The Jaguars, Broncos, Bears, and Dolphins have all requested interviews with Quinn. He’ll be able to interview with teams after the Cowboys play the 49ers on Sunday.

Gannon got a request from the Broncos and will be coaching against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Ryans has not gotten other interview requests at this point. He is in his first year as a coordinator and will join Quinn in becoming available to interview after Sunday’s game.

14 responses to “Vikings want to interview Nathaniel Hackett, Dan Quinn, DeMeco Ryans, Jonathan Gannon

  1. Does anyone ever wonder why NFL teams interview all of the same people. There are like 30 coaches on each staff in the league. Each franchise should be able to identify unique candidates for their jobs, and it shouldn’t be all of the same people since each environment and personnel is different. Like how does Todd Bowles and the defense we all know and see fit what the Vikings have on defense personnel wise? They going to turn their whole defense over in two years or something? That’s how I know that 95% of these owners don’t know what they’re doing.

  2. Same retreads every year! Gee, Bienemy and Caldwell and that goof oc from the Patriots every year! I know he got passed over 3 times already let’s see what he has this year!

  3. realfootballfan says:
    January 15, 2022 at 10:48 am
    Does anyone ever wonder why NFL teams interview all of the same people. There are like 30 coaches on each staff in the league. Each franchise should be able to identify unique candidates for their jobs, and it shouldn’t be all of the same people since each environment and personnel is different. Like how does Todd Bowles and the defense we all know and see fit what the Vikings have on defense personnel wise? They going to turn their whole defense over in two years or something? That’s how I know that 95% of these owners don’t know what they’re doing.
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    Even worse, what about these recycled coaches that have been fired 1-2 times as a head coach already? It’s like the owners are all thinking; “well, Bellichick was fired as a head coach once too”. Morons. And if the Vikings hire a DC from another team, that dude better be hiring a young and innovative OC to keep the offense firing on all cylinders.

  4. People commenting on here should apply for the GM openings. It sounds like most of you know what you’re talking about. Not. You have to realize that you don’t only look for one year out. Yes, I agree that some of these are retreads. Maybe some of these coaches turned down the job because it wasn’t a fit for them. Not that the team didn’t want to hire them.

  5. realfootballfan says:
    January 15, 2022 at 10:48 am
    Does anyone ever wonder why NFL teams interview all of the same people.

    Because they are the only people – the NFL has a real problem with nepotism – the fact that so many sons of NFL coaches find a spot on NFL coaching rosters starting as graduate assistants, quality control and working their way up – but not too many minority coach’s sons have the same access. If so please name them – but the likes of Klint Kubiak etc. are examples – and they become the new breed – Kyle Shanahan etc

  6. I don’t understand why they’re even interviewing for the Head Coach position. Unless they’re considering going with one guy as coach and GM. Otherwise, hire your GM and then get out of his way.

    I mean, what are they gonna do, hire a GM and then tell him “Oh no, you can’t hire Jimmy Joe Coachy-Coach. We interviewed him before you got here and we didn’t like him.” Yeah, that’ll start things off on the right foot.

  7. The Packers aren’t going to let Hackett go to the Vikings. Why would they want to ruin his career right away?

  8. I think that now that they have vacancies – now that they have to do their due diligence on minority interview protocols – they throw as wide a net as possible. It also allows them to gauge the interest and intelligence of these candidates in case they need to upgrade at OC or DC – so that is why quarterback coaches are being interviewed for a HC position. And there may be some sort of recognition that these individuals may need to upgrade and improve their interviewing skills through experiencing it. That then forces the team not to let these guys go for a similar position – through designating them as an assistant HC.

  9. Vikings fans should take a hint from a Vikings brass. Not only are the Packers so far into all your heads, but it’s about time you look in the mirror and admit. You wish your team were more like the Packers. Waaaaay more.

  10. Good organizations find guys off the beaten path and often where no one else is looking is the point. Andy Reid was the QB coach with the Packers. The Eagles got him in an interview and saw this dude knows his stuff about running an organization. Same thing with the Ravens when they hired John Harbaugh. Al Davis used to be notorious for this when he’d bring in coaches and grill them over a whole day. Like this isn’t Kinko’s you’re hiring for. All of these teams shouldn’t be looking at the same people just by the inherent differences in cultures for each team and what personnel is in place because no fan base is waiting three or four years for a coach to flip the roster or anything to their style of play, and certain guys like Bowles, we’ve seen what kind of defense he runs and how it doesn’t fit with a team like the Vikings, yet they just interviewed him.

  11. Perhaps the Vikings brass has asked the individuals interviewing for the GM job who they’d prefer as a coach. Then interview those coaches to help decide who they want as a GM. Due diligence.

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