The Vikings apparently wasted no time after the Bengals lost Sunday. As part of an 'extensive' coaching search, the Vikings reportedly are one of four teams that asked permission to interview Cincinnati's offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.
Four teams requested permission to interview Jay Gruden shortly after CIN loss last night, sources said - Skins, Vikings, Lions and Titans— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 6, 2014
Other outlets later confirmed the CBS report, including 1500ESPN contributor Darren Wolfson.
(con.) Can't say that Gruden will take every interview - Lions, 'Skins, Titans among those interested -- but betting he takes #Vikings one.— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) January 6, 2014
The Vikings also have reached out to Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport.
Many felt when Leslie Frazier was fired that the Vikings would look for his opposite. With Frazier's defensive background, that meant a coach with an offensive pedigree. Several coaches or coordinators with defensive backgrounds are also being considered, as part of general manager Rick Spielman's edict to have an exhaustive search.
Does Gruden interested you, Vikings fans? How about Zimmer? Is it imperative that the Vikings hire an offensive-minded coach?