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Minnesota Vikings Sign LA Rams’ Super Bowl Winning Coach as New Offensive Coordinator

Published 02/21/2022, 8:45 AM EST

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Minnesota Vikings added Wes Phillips, previously LARams’ passing game coordinator, to their coaching staff. He will join them as the offensive coordinator. Phillips worked under Sean McVay for the Rams. Discussions about the coaching transfer began before LA won the Super Bowl LVI.

And the title seems to have solidified Minnesota’s confidence in their choice. This completes the revamp of their coaching staff after they announced their new head coach.

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Kevin O’Connell and Wes Phillips will join the Vikings along with Ed Donatell and Mike Pettine amongst others. Donatell will be the defensive coordinator while Pettine has been hired as the assistant head coach.

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Minnesota Vikings now have two former Rams coaches in their coaching staff. Kevin O’Connell and Wes Phillips, along with the other nine assistant coaches they hired, will look to take the Kirk Cousins-led franchise to postseason glory.

Minnesota Vikings were also considering other options such as Chargers receivers coach Chris Beatty and Rams RB coach Thomas Brown. It seems Wes Phillips made the cut while Brown is now expected to fill in the gap left by Phillips.

Minnesota Vikings’ OC comes with an NFL history

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Wes Phillips is the son of former NFL defensive coach Wade Phillips. He is the grandson of former Saints & Oilers head coach Bum Phillips.

Wes also has a lot of experience working alongside O’Connell. Being the Offensive coordinator ramps up Phillips’ workload. But as far as the playcalling is concerned, the head coach has taken the responsibility on his shoulders.

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Not having to shoulder that responsibility should allow enough time for the OC to adjust to his new role and surroundings. His current career graph is headed upwards and if things go as planned, he might continue the legacy of his family, by becoming a big-time coach in the NFL.

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Utsav Khanna is an NFL sports writer at EssentiallySports. He did his PGDM from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and went on to work in Public Relations. A deep interest and love for the sport of NFL drew him towards working in Sports Journalism.
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