Where are the searches for Vikings coaching staff?

The Minnesota Vikings are expected to announce Kevin O’Connell as their new head coach next week, but the team has also been busy making several decisions about who will be on their team next season.

The biggest change will come at the defensive coordinator level. Andre Patterson shared the title with Adam Zimmer for the past two seasons, but accepted an offer to become the New York Giants defensive line coach. Thursday.

Patterson spent 10 total seasons in Minnesota and was in his second stint with the Vikings. A defensive line coach for eight of those seasons, Patterson oversaw the development of several passing throwers, including Danielle Hunter, who posted a tribute to her former coach post on Twitter.

According to Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune, Patterson’s announced successor will be Ed Donatell. The 65-year-old has spent the past two seasons as the Denver Broncos’ defensive coordinator under Vic Fangio. Although he’s run a 4-3 scheme for most of his career, the move could signal a shift to a more 3-4 scheme this offseason.

Movements are also underway at the position training level, with Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network signaling that the Vikings will hire Chris Kuper to be their next offensive line coach. Kuper was a star at North Dakota and spent eight seasons in the NFL before taking up coaching with the Miami Dolphins in 2016.

He served as the Broncos’ assistant offensive line coach for the past two seasons and will replace Phil Rauscher, who has become the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive line and running play coordinator.

Wilson also reported the Vikings are considering hiring Deshea Townsend as their new secondary coach. Townsend spent 13 seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions and served as the Chicago Bears’ secondary coach for the past three seasons.

Although there is a lot of turnover with O’Connell’s staff, they plan to keep Keenan McCardell. McCardell served as the Vikings’ receivers coach last season and drew rave reviews from Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson this offseason.

The position of offensive coordinator does not have a declared hiring, but Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson hinted that Rams passing game coordinator and TE coach Wes Phillips had been mentioned for the job.

None of these moves being official, it’s hard to guess what this means for the team moving forward. But after O’Connell’s presentation, his staff should be finalized in the coming weeks.