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Vikings Hire Rams OC Kevin O’Connell as Next Head Coach

The Vikings have officially named Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell as their new coach. The move was first reported by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, but the hire couldn't be made official until after the Super Bowl. 

“We are ecstatic to add Kevin as our head coach,” Vikings owner/president Mark Wilf said in the release. “He is a strong leader, an innovative coach and an excellent communicator.”

O'Connell has been the offensive coordinator for the Rams for the past two seasons after holding the same title with Washington in 2019. He was previously an assistant with the 49ers and Browns following his five-year playing career, which featured stops with the Patriots, Lions, Jets, Dolphins and Chargers.

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O'Connell is the latest assistant coach from the Sean McVay coaching tree to be hired as a head coach in the NFL. Others include Matt LaFleur (Packers), Zac Taylor (Bengals) and Brandon Staley (Chargers).

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