Vikings’ O’Connell: ‘I am committed to working tirelessly to bring them a Super Bowl championship’

Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell was named Vikings head coach, the team announced Wednesday. 

Coming off a Super Bowl LVI victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, O’Connell was the offensive coordinator for Los Angeles for two seasons.

The 36-year-old O’Connell replaced Mike Zimmer, who was fired at the season’s end after he spent eight seasons with the team.

“As I spent time with Kevin during the interview process, it became immediately clear he will be a great partner in building this football team for long-term success,” said Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo Mensah via a press release from the team. “He understands what is critical to leading a team that wins at the highest level, and he has an ability to simplify the complex, which will help us in problem-solving in all football areas. He is a genuinely positive person who will help create a high-energy internal environment.”

O’Connell, who led the Rams to finish ninth in total offense (372.1 yards per game) in 2021, helped his unit rank second in plays of 50-plus yards (10), fourth in yards per play (5.98), and eighth in offensive touchdowns (51) in 2021. Under the guidance of O’Connell, Rams QB Matthew Stafford and WR Cooper Kupp both had career years in 2021. 

“I greatly appreciate the Wilf family, Kwesi, and the entire Minnesota Vikings organization for providing the opportunity to be their next head coach,” said O’Connell. “This is a franchise with a deep history and a tremendous fan base. Having been on the visitors’ sideline at U.S. Bank Stadium and experiencing that environment as an opposing coach, I am excited to now have the support of these passionate Vikings fans. I am committed to working tirelessly to bring them a Super Bowl championship.”

Minnesota has an interesting decision regarding Kirk Cousins, who is scheduled to make $35 million next season. The Vikings and O’Connell will have to figure out if they want to keep Cousins around in Minnesota, which could determine the level of success the Vikings will have next season.

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