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Vikings request interviews for 7 coaching candidates

List includes Dan Quinn of Cowboys, Nathaniel Hackett of Packers

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ST. PAUL -- Before the NFL playoffs got underway Saturday, the Minnesota Vikings were quite busy. They put in requests to talk to seven assistants on playoff teams for their opening for a head coach.

Among the requests made were for Green Bay offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who is expected to interview on Sunday, and for Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who was Atlanta’s head coach five years ago in Super Bowl LI.

Minnesota last Monday fired head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman after a second straight losing season. Owner and president Mark Wilf then said that the Vikings would look to hire a general manager before a head coach, and eight candidates were then lined up for general-manager interviews.

But the Vikings wanted to get in some requests for interviews for a head coach, because it’s uncertain how long which teams will last in the playoffs.

The Vikings also have requested interviews with Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, who was Minnesota’s assistant defensive backs coach from 2014-17, Dallas offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell and San Francisco defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans.


Hackett’s interview is expected to be Sunday since Green Bay has a first-round playoff bye, and that is the last day Hackett can interview until the season ends for the Packers. And that might not be until after Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13.

Quinn is the only former NFL head coach the Vikings have requested so far for an interview. He coached Atlanta from 2015-20, going 42-43 and leading the Falcons to Super Bowl LI, a 34-28 loss to New England in February 2017.

None of the teams with Minnesota candidates played on Saturday. The Eagles, Buccaneers, Cowboys and 49ers play on Sunday, and the Rams on Monday night.

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