Vikings look to hire former Raiders coach Lane Kiffin

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Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin argues with a referee against the Baylor Bears during the second quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Caesars Superdome on January 1, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman / Getty Images)

The Minnesota Vikings are officially on the lookout for new leadership, and a former NFL head coach rising through the college ranks has already been hinted at as a possibility.

Vikings ownership literally wasted no time in parting ways with head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman following the end of a disappointing 8-9 season, cutting the two off on Monday, January 10. That same morning, Mike Ryan from Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz, took to the airwaves to report that Ole’s head coach Miss Lane Kiffin is a prime candidate to return to the NFL as leader of Minnesota.

“I really believe Lane Kiffin will probably be the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings,” Ryan said on the popular sports podcast. “The reason I think it’s because of all the wizards who left the Mississippi staff and I was told, ‘Watch out for the work of the Minnesota Vikings. “But he doesn’t fit Rick Spielman. Zimmer just got fired and Spielman just fired. It’s oil and water, Lane Kiffin and Rick Speilman – not an adjustment. Now that they have it. cleaned up the house, looking for a total overhaul of training and culture in Minnesota, and maybe I have Lane Kiffin in the NFL again.


Kiffin has a long history as a head coach that begins in the NFL

Kiffin Way

GettyHead coach Lane Kiffin of the Mississippi Rebels reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2021 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

Kiffin won’t be 47 until May, but it looks like his coaching career is more story-driven than most recent retirees.

His first contract as a head coach came with the then Oakland-based Las Vegas Raiders in 2007, when he was just 31 years old. He got the job through the strength of his time as the offensive coordinator at the University of Southern California (USC), a post he held in 2005. The USC high power offensive set records and gave birth to Kiffin’s notion as a top-level attacking spirit throughout the game – a reputation that has continued over the past two decades.

Kiffin only coached 20 games for the Raiders before being sacked in 2008, compiling a record of just 5-15. His lack of success there, however, is somewhat misleading. Many reports at the time, he suggested that Kiffin was opposed to the Raiders selecting Louisiana State University (LSU) quarterback JaMarcus Russell, with the No.1 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Kiffin’s reluctance, Oakland owner Al Davis still picked Russell, who became one of the most fantastic busts the draft has ever produced.

Chris Mortensen, from ESPN, later reported that Davis tried to force Kiffin to quit the following year, which would have cost the head coach his salary of $ 2 million. He refused, Davis decided to fire him soon after, and then publicly shamed Kiffin by lambasting him in the media.

Kiffin left Oakland and made his way to college, where he held head coaching positions at the University of Tennessee and USC before landing at the University of Alabama to call games under Nick Saban. Kiffin again reached the Florida Atlantic University head coach position in 2017 before returning to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 2020 to lead Ole Miss.


Other candidates for Vikings HC Job have already appeared

Jim Harbaugh Bears Coach

GettyMichigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh may be seeking a coaching position in the NFL.

Kiffin isn’t the only former NFL head coach currently working in the college ranks who could take a big step back at the big time this offseason.

Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh just wrapped up an AP Coach of the Year campaign in which the Wolverines defeated Ohio State, won the Big 10 and landed one of four college football playoff spots. . A report came from Bruce Feldman, from athleticism, last week that Harbaugh would strongly consider a return to the NFL for the right opportunity. He spent four years as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, leading the team to Super Bowl XLVII at the end of the 2012-13 season, which the Niners lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens.

“The Athletic hears rumors, from both the NFL and Michigan side, that Harbaugh may be tempted to leave the Wolverines and return to the NFL,” Feldman wrote.

Just one day after the regular season ends, there are already five head coach positions available in the NFL, including positions with the Vikings, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Despite their playoff appearance, the Raiders may also be looking to replace interim head coach Rich Bisaccia. He has since replaced former head coach Jon Gruden left town earlier this season over racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments he made several years ago, which came to light via leaked emails during an NFL investigation into accusations of toxic work culture within Washington football. Team.

Harbaugh was drafted by the Bears and began as the team’s quarterback for several years. He also has a history of coaching with the Raiders. However, the Vikings would do well to take a look at him, and vice versa. Minnesota has a young Pro-Bowler wide receiver in Justin Jefferson and another running back in Dalvin Cook.

QB Kirk Cousins ​​also ranks as the league’s fifth-best caller with an overall rating of 88.2 and a passer rating of 86.8, according to Focus on professional football (PFF). Cousins ​​is in the final year of a costly contract set to pay him $ 45 million in 2022, and a new head coach would likely have the Viking ownership leeway to mix the game up in Minnesota to find a new quarterback. -back and / or free up a cap opportunity to improve other areas of an already talented roster.


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