By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: January 16th, 2014 at 1:23 pm EST
The Minnesota Vikings are working on completely their new coaching staff.
Instead of being led by Leslie Frazier, the Vikings will now be led by Mike Zimmer. This is Zimmer’s first head coaching opportunity in the NFL.
To go along with him, the Vikings are expected to hire Norv Turner and his son, Scott, to the coaching staff. Norv is expected to be the Vikings offensive coordinator, while Scott will lead the Vikings quarterbacks.
The Turner’s are going to have to find a new quarterback to work with. The Vikings reportedly have no interested in having either quarterback on their roster as the starter next season.
The Vikings struggled with Josh Freeman, Christian Ponder, and Matt Cassel under center. Ponder is the lone quarterback under contract for next season
Freeman is a free agent after signing with the Vikings mid-way through the season. And Cassel is expected to void the final year of his contract in February in order to test free agency once again.
The Vikings are expected to select their quarterback of the future in April with their 8th overall pick. There’s already speculation that the Vikings would like to draft Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Many draft insiders are also linking Bridgewater to the Vikings in their latest mock drafts. In December, Bridgewater was linked to the Houston Texans with the No. 1 overall pick, but now these draft insiders have the Texans drafting Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M.
With their three quarterbacks, the Vikings averaged 214.2 passing yards per game. That was 23rd overall in the NFL this season.
Cassel led the Vikings with 1,807 yards and 11 touchdowns to 9 interceptions. Ponder had 1,648 yards along with 7 touchdowns to 9 interceptions, while Freeman had a 190 yards with one interception.
Bridgewater in his final year at Louisville threw for 3,970 yards with 31 interceptions to 4 picks.