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Report: List grows to 10 as Vikings ask to talk to OC Ken Whisenhunt

Report: List grows to 10 as Vikings ask to talk to OC Ken Whisenhunt

by Derek Wetmore
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The Vikings are making good on their promise to make this head coaching search extensive.

Jason La Canfora reported Monday on Twitter that Minnesota has requested permission to interview Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

That brings the list of names reportedly in connection with the vacant Vikings job to 10, although many believe that Whisenhunt is more likely to take the Detroit Lions' head coaching job. Some of these coordinators still are coaching in the playoffs, and with the Vikings lining up so many interviews, it doesn't appear the search will end quickly.

Here is the list of names that have been connected with the Vikings' head coaching job, as reported by outlets such as ESPN.com, CBS Sports and NFL.com.

Todd Bowles (Cardinals defensive coordinator)

Dan Quinn (Seahawks defensive coordinator)

Darrell Bevell (Seahawks offensive coordinator)

Adam Gase (Broncos offensive coordinator)

Jack Del Rio (Broncos defensive coordinator)

Ray Horton (Browns defensive coordinator)

Jay Gruden (Bengals offensive coordinator)

Mike Zimmer (Bengals defensive coordinator)

Greg Roman (49ers offensive coordinator)

Ken Whisenhunt (Chargers offensive coordinator)

My colleague, Phil Mackey, professed his desire for the Vikings to hire Bevell. I, for the record, am not sold on Darren Sharper's assertion that Bevell has 'learned how to lead' in Seattle. Leadership, to me, is an innate quality that can be refined but not instilled.

Who is your early favorite, Vikings fans? Perhaps it's someone who is not on the above list?

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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