Vikings complete interview with Sean Desai


The Vikings have completed an interview with Seahawks assistant Sean Desai for their open defensive coordinator position, the team announced.

The Vikings are seeking a replacement for Ed Donatell, who they fired Thursday.

The Minnesota defense was one of the worst in franchise history finishing the season ranked 28th in points allowed (25.1) and 31st in yards allowed (388.7).

The Vikings interviewed Saints co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen on Monday. They have requested an interview with Steelers senior defensive assistant Brian Flores.

Desai, the associate head coach/defense for the Seahawks, also has drawn interest from the Dolphins. He was on the Browns’ list, too, before they hired Jim Schwartz.

Desai began his NFL coaching career with the Bears in 2013 as a defensive quality control coach. He earned a promotion to safeties coach (2019-20) and then served as defensive coordinator in 2021.

10 responses to “Vikings complete interview with Sean Desai

  1. I actually like Desai for this position, he was a finalist for the job last year. I really believe Flores is going to Arizona so he won’t be in the running.

  2. I like his philosophy. He emphasizes pressure and tackling. The anti-Donatell. Whoever we land will have some youth with something to prove next year due to injury (Dantzler, Booth, Cine), hopefully a draft pick or two and we can use Hunter and Smith like premier DEnds and not drop off LBs

  3. This is going to be an easy job for someone. Just come in and do the exact opposite of whatever Donatell was doing.

  4. And yet Cousins still has his job without anyone asking, “Why can’t he get us to the SuperBowl?” Winning it? Hahahahaha

  5. Unknown and Phil? No, not the same person. Nice try, though. Worrying about the identity of other posters? That’s a sad sad existence.

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