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Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has been in professional limbo the past few weeks. He remains on the Vikings staff but Coach Leslie Frazier is interviewing other candidates for his job.
The St. Louis Rams asked permission to interview Bevell for their offensive coordinator position when negotiations with Josh McDaniels hit a snag on Tuesday. McDaniels agreed to terms with the Rams later in the day.
The NFL Network reports Wednesday that the Seattle Seahawks want to interview Bevell for their vacant offensive coordinator position, according to a league source. The network said the Seahawks originally wanted to interview Bevell for the quarterbacks coach job, but the coordinator positon opened on Tuesday when Pete Carroll fired Jeremy Bates.
Meanwhile, Frazier reportedly is expected to interview Atlanta Falcons quarterback coach Bill Musgrave today. Musgrave interviewed with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday.
The waiting game for Josh McDaniels is over.
ESPN is reporting that McDaniels has agreed to become offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams after a crazy day of rumors. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier interviewed McDaniels for that same position on Jan. 7 and presumably has been waiting for McDaniels to make a decision.
The NFL Network reported Tuesday morning that McDaniels "likely" would choose the Rams today. By mid-afternoon, several outlets reported that negotiations between the Rams and McDaniels had hit a snag and that the team had requested interviews with other possible candidates.
A league source confirmed to the Star Tribune that the Rams asked the Vikings for permission to interview offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who remains on Frazier's staff.
ESPN reported that McDaniels was meeting with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday. But the network later reported that talks between the Rams and McDaniels camp had heated up again, which led to an agreement.
With McDaniels no longer a possibility, the Vikings reportedly are prepared to interview Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach/assistant head coach Bill Musgrave on Wednesday. Musgrave reportedly interviewed with the Cleveland Browns for the offensive coordinator position on Tuesday.
Here is Musgrave's bio from the Atlanta Falcons website.
The Josh McDaniels sweepstakes might be getting too rich for the St. Louis Rams blood, but apparently that doesn't mean he's a lock to become the Vikings offensive coordinator.
The Rams have hit a significant snag in negotiations with McDaniels, according to ESPN, and the team has requested permission to speak to Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Falcons assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave. Bevell already is set to interview today with Seattle for the Seahawks quarterbacks coach job, according to the network.
What's most interesting is that Musgrave reportedly will interview to become the Vikings offensive coordinator on Wednesday after talking to the Cleveland Browns today.
There had been an expectation that Vikings coach Leslie Frazier would have all of his assistant coaching jobs filled by today but that certainly won't be the case. What's unclear is if the Vikings also have balked at McDaniels' asking price and that's why they are considering Musgrave. Musgrave has had offensive coordinator titles in the NFL with the Eagles (1998), Panthers (2000) and Jaguars (2003-04). He favors a version of the West Coast system, according to this 2003 article in the Times-Union in Jacksonville.
Bevell has been in coaching limbo for a few weeks. Frazier informed him after the season that while he was keeping his job as offensive coordinator for the time being he still might be replaced. There has been speculation that Bevell could end up remaining on the Vikings staff as quarterbacks coach, if he's willing to accept the demotion. Kevin Rogers had been the Vikings quarterbacks coach but was let go by Frazier.
On another note, it's believed the Vikings are close to hiring Mike Priefer as their new special teams coordinator. Priefer had been with the Denver Broncos. Brian Murphy, who had been the Vikings special teams coordinator but was put in the same position as Bevell, was hired by the Carolina Panthers on Monday to run their special teams.
The Vikings interviewed Josh McDaniels for their offensive coordinator position on Jan. 7 and presumably are waiting for him to choose between Minnesota and the St. Louis Rams.
The NFL Network reports that McDaniels likely will make his decision in the next day and that he'll "probably" sign with the Rams. The former Denver Broncos head coach interviewed with the Rams on Saturday.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has not revealed many details about his thinking in regards to his staff so it's unclear which direction he will go if McDaniels chooses the Rams. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell remains on staff but Frazier has been noncommittal about his role going forward.
Frazier also must hire a line coach, running backs coach and quarterbacks coach on the offensive side. He is expected to hire Mike Singletary to coach linebackers with Fred Pagac being promoted to defensive coordinator.
He also must hire a new special teams coordinator after Brian Murphy left for the Carolina Panthers.
Brian Murphy won't have to wonder about his employment any longer.
The Vikings special teams coordinator, who was left waiting to see if he would keep his job while the Vikings interviewed at least one other person for the position, was named to the same coordinator's position with the Carolina Panthers on Monday.
The Vikings interviewed Broncos special teams coach Mike Priefer a week ago Monday.
Murphy was hired by new Panthers coach Ron Rivera.
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