Minnesota Vikings officially hire Kevin O’Connell as head coach

After the Super Bowl, the Minnesota Vikings officially announced Wednesday that they have hired Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell as their new head coach.

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At 36, Kevin O’Connell will be the league’s second-youngest head coach, behind only his former team leader Sean McVay, who is eight months younger.

In addition to Kevin O’Connell, Minnesota Vikings’ final candidates included: Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, then New York Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, and Michigan coach John Harbaugh.

Los Angeles Rams tight end coach and passing coordinator Wes Phillips will join the Minnesota Vikings alongside Kevin O’Connell as offensive coordinator and passing coordinator. Ed Donatell will serve as the Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator.

“This is a franchise with a long history and a huge fan base,” Kevin O’Connell said in his inaugural statement. “I have experienced the atmosphere of U.S. Bank Stadium as a visiting coach and am delighted to now have the Minnesota Vikings fans. The enthusiastic support. I will work tirelessly to bring this team a Super Bowl championship.”

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