NFL Insider: Dark horse SEC candidate for Vikings Head Coaching Job

A SEC offensive-minded coach could be a good option for the Minnesota Vikings as they contemplate their future.

There’s no mystery as to why Mike Zimmer was promptly fired from his position on Black Monday, but his successor remains an enigma without a clear frontrunner for the position.

According to NFL insiders, the Vikings front office is considering college coaches when they look at a candidate with strong NFL roots. Ole Miss’ head coach is one of these candidates. Lane Kiffin.

PFF analyst and former Vikings legal intern Brad Spielberger, as well as Dan Le Batard Show executive producer Michael Ryan Ruiz both indicated on Monday that they’d already heard such reports. Understandably, Vikings Twitter is already in a frenzy considering how Kiffin could fit into their team’s imminent future.

Vikings rumors – Could Lane Kiffin be the right fit to coach the Vikings?

The Kiffin name is an integral part of modern football, as Lane Kiffin’s father, Monte Kiffin, is widely considered to be one of the greatest defensive coordinators of all time. NFL defensive legends like Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick were among them. Credit their genius to Monte Kiffin. Carroll’s Cover 3 defense is modeled after Monte Kiffin’s, and the popular Tampa 2 defense that helped Tampa Bay win the Super Bowl in 2003 was developed in part by Monte Kiffin.

Lane Kiffin hasn’t seen the same success in the NFL, as he only coached for the Oakland Raiders during the 2007 season, where the Raiders went 4-12. However, it was partially due to relying on Jamarcus Russell, a quarterback pick regarded as one of the greatest draft busts of all time — and a decision that Kiffin vehemently opposed.

Kiffin could be back in the NFL, despite his awful departure from Oakland. His resume is full of wins. Kiffin led the Alabama Crimson Tide to a second National Championship win in 2015 as their offensive coordinator. He also won a Conference USA title with the Florida Atlantic Owls in 2017 and 2019. Kiffin was then hired to coach at Ole Miss. The Egg Bowl win in 2021 was the culmination of this coaching stint. The Rebels’ 10-2 record marked the first time the Mississippi school has finished the regular season with ten wins.

An ambitious career coach, Kiffin has demonstrated time and time again that he is willing to make an upward leap to a better position — and the Vikings have the makings of everything Kiffin needs to create another winning team.