Kevin O’Connell wants Vikings’ defensive players to know he’s not just an offensive coach

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New Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell was a quarterback during his playing career, and a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator before he became head coach of the Vikings this offseason. He has never played or coached on defense.

But he wants the Vikings’ defensive players to know that now that he’s the head coach, he’s taking an interest in both sides of the ball.

“[I want to] be visible to the defense, let them know that I’m learning their side of the ball just as much as they are,” O’Connell said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. ”I can complement them on detailed things they can do within our coverages, within a pressure, how we stop the run, and they can look at me as not just an offensive head coach.”

Former Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was primarily a defensive coach. O’Connell called it “really important” for the defense and special teams to know that their head coach is involved in all phases of the game.

10 responses to “Kevin O’Connell wants Vikings’ defensive players to know he’s not just an offensive coach

  1. A lot of people in this country play both offense and defense growing up. Most people watch the offense and defense play on Sunday. There shouldn’t be much to learn unless you close your eyes when the defense is out there.

  2. As long as he does not just become a sideline cheerleader and let a player take over

  3. If you want to be considered a true head coach to all the players, you don’t call plays for one side of the ball. You trust your coaches to do it so you can be free to work every aspect of the game. None of these “new school” head coaches seem to get that.

  4. It will be interesting to see how this coaching staff does. I’m a lot more optimistic on the offensive coaching side of things than the defensive side.

  5. Rookie coach move. Scared of what players will think.

    This will not end well.

  6. “We’re good. O’Connell once stood next to McVay on the sidelines.”
    -cheesey

  7. stellarperformance says:
    May 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm
    “We’re good. O’Connell once stood next to McVay on the sidelines.”
    ————
    They should be okay- I mean he did live in California. Wouldn’t that make him “California Cool” by your standards? That used to be very important to you:

  8. RMoss84HOF says:
    May 20, 2022 at 5:14 pm
    They should be okay- I mean he did live in California. Wouldn’t that make him “California Cool” by your standards? That used to be very important.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    It’s very flattering to know my standards are your benchmarks for greatness.

  9. stellarperformance says:
    May 20, 2022 at 5:55 pm
    RMoss84HOF says:
    May 20, 2022 at 5:14 pm
    They should be okay- I mean he did live in California. Wouldn’t that make him “California Cool” by your standards? That used to be very important.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    It’s very flattering to know my standards are your benchmarks for greatness.
    ———
    Just funny your turned on your life long hero and changed your standards. But you have never been consistent in your takes other than having trouble with statistical analysis and whining about the “fight pickers”.

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