Minnesota Vikings reportedly hire Ed Donatell as defensive coordinator

Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ed Donatell looks on before an NFL preseason game at Lumen Field against the Seattle Seahawks on August 21, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. The Denver Broncos beat the Seattle Seahawks 30-3. ((Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images))

The Minnesota Vikings haven’t officially announced their new head coach yet, but it looks like they’ve found a new leader for their defense.

According to multiple reports, the Vikings are hiring Ed Donatell as their new defensive coordinator.

The news comes the same day co-defensive coordinator Andre Patterson heads to the New York Giants to be the defensive line coach. Donatell, 65, has 10 years experience as a defensive coordinator in the NFL and 31 years as an overall coach.

Donatell has spent the past three seasons as defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos. Last season, the Broncos finished eighth in the NFL in points allowed and third in points allowed. The Vikings are coming off a 2021 season where they had the seventh-worst running defense in the NFL and gave up more than 100 points on the season in the final two minutes of the first half or regulation.

This will be Donatell’s fourth stint as defensive coordinator, having also led defenses in Green Bay and Atlanta before Denver.

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