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Updated: January 15th, 2012 1:41pm
Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles could be Vikings DC candidate, too

Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles could be Vikings DC candidate, too

by Tom Pelissero
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Add another name to the growing list of coaches linked to the Minnesota Vikings' defensive coordinator job. reported on Sunday that Todd Bowles is a candidate to replace Fred Pagac, whose long-expected demotion reportedly was finalized on Friday.

Bowles, 48, has coached NFL defensive backs for the past seven years, first in Dallas (2005 to '08) and then in Miami (2009 to '11), where he took over as interim coach after Tony Sparano's firing last month. He never has been an NFL coordinator, though.

An eight-year NFL veteran who started Super Bowl XXII for Washington, Bowles has the support of Dolphins players for the full-time job, reported. But Miami already has interviewed several other candidates, and Bowles reportedly is a candidate to be the Oakland Raiders' head coach as well.

With Pagac still in the building, the Vikings are known to have interviewed at least two men, Raheem Morris and Mel Tucker, who took other jobs. They also have done their due diligence on Steve Spagnuolo, could be interested in Philadelphia defensive coordinator Juan Castillo if the Eagles replace him and are believed to have interviewed Mike Singletary, the Vikings' assistant head coach/linebackers coach.

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