The Minnesota Vikings had a resurgent season in 2022, which means sharks are circling to poach some of the team’s budding coaching talent.
While Minnesota’s defense was one of the worst in the NFL in 2022, leading to the firing of defense coordinator Ed Donatell, the offense was one of the most successful and prolific in the league. As a result, both Vikings assistant quarterbacks coach Jerrod Johnson and tight ends coach/pass game coordinator Brian Angelichio are wanted for open positions as offensive coordinators.
“The [Los Angeles] Chargers have asked permission to interview Vikings assistant QB Jerrod Johnson for their vacant position as offensive coordinator, a source says. CBS’ Jonathan Jones tweeted on Saturday, 21.01.
The Chargers’ question is interesting after the team inquired about current Vikings OC Wes Phillips earlier in the week. Phillips turned down that offer to stay with head coach Kevin O’Connell at Minnesota, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Johnson was both a collegiate and professional quarterback for several years before joining the Indianapolis Colts staff as an offensive quality control coach. He worked in the role for two seasons before joining the Vikings in 2022.
While the Chargers are in talks with Johnson on the West Coast, another AFC team on the East Coast is interested in Angelichio as an offensive coordinator — the Baltimore Ravens.
“#Ravens have requested permission to interview #Vikings passing coordinator Brian Angelichio for her position as offensive coordinator, per source.” Fowler tweeted. “The veteran NFL coach helped Minnesota to a top-five passing offense in 2022.”
Angelichio was also a newcomer to the Vikings last season, having spent the previous two seasons with the Carolina Panthers. When he joined Minnesota in 2022, he took on the responsibilities of tight ends coach and passing game coordinator.
No player or coach can take full credit for Minnesota’s improved offense in 2022, but neither should they. There’s plenty of glitz to go around.
The Vikings jumped from 11th to 2nd in passing offense based on yards per game year over year, according to NFL.com. Wide receiver Justin Jefferson had a phenomenal year, catching 128 for 1,809 yards, according to the Pro Football Reference. Both brands led the NFL and set new franchise records in Minnesota. Jefferson added eight touchdowns in his third straight Pro Bowl season and earned first-team All-Pro honors for the first time in his three-year career.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins also had another quality season. While his scoring stats were on the decline, Pro Football Focus still ranked Cousins as the ninth-best quarterback in the NFL in 2022 out of 39 players who qualified for the position.
The Vikings’ tide turned, too, as the team won the NFC North Division with a 13-4 record and secured a playoff berth for the first time since 2019.