JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman cast a wide net when he went in search of a head coach the day after Leslie Frazier was fired. At least three of the four coordinators in Super Bowl XLVIII were entangled in that net to some degree before the Vikings picked former Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn interviewed with Spielman. Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was considered a candidate, but offensive coordinator Adam Gase made it clear early on to all teams with coaching vacancies that he wouldn’t be interviewing for or even discussing new jobs until after the Broncos’ season was over.
Bevell and Del Rio have ties to the Vikings. Bevell was the team’s offensive coordinator from 2006 to 2010. Del Rio was a linebacker for the Vikings from 1992 to 1995.
Yes, both of them would have loved to get the Vikings’ head coaching job. But neither one of them would exchange this week for that opportunity, so they’re not too concerned about whether their teams’ extended postseason success hurt their chances of getting a head coaching job.
“I wouldn’t change this opportunity for anything,” Bevell said. “This is a great opportunity for us. There is nothing to look back to. Just moving forward. Obviously, I know the place in Minnesota. I know the people who are there. I was excited about talking to them. But, beyond that, I don’t know what else to say.”
Del Rio didn’t interview with the Vikings but was on their radar. He has head coaching experience — he went 69-73, including 1-2 in the postseason, as Jaguars coach for nine seasons — and has now been an assistant on two Super Bowl teams, including the Ravens team that won a championship during the 2000 season. Del Rio also stepped in temporarily for Broncos coach John Fox when Fox had his heart surgery this season.
“I don’t worry too much about [not getting the Vikings job],” Del Rio said. “Would it have been a good opportunity? I don’t want to sit here and get into hypotheticals. Obviously, I had a great time playing up there. It’s a great organization. But, for me, I’m enjoying what I’m doing now. We’re at the Super Bowl, which is what we’re all after.”