Conventional wisdom in the NFL is, "Whoever just got fired, let's go hire him."
Why do you think the guy got fired in the first place? Perhaps that is more cynicism than substance, but it tells me the NFL is an industry stuck in neutral when it comes to coaches.
I am not so worried about the Vikings filling the DC position today or even tomorrow before heading to Alabama to coach the Senior Bowl, as long as they take a long, rational look at candidates and not hire the first one who was let go somewhere else, or one who has supposedly "paid his dues."
Unfortunately, the NFL is like Washington. They like to fill vacant positions with friends, and cronyism runs rampant. I think it's time for the Vikings to go way outside the box and take some chances on some college defensive coordinator.
Why do we have to re-sole old boots (coaches)? Even though there have been a lot of DC changes in college, it does not mean the Vikings should not consider chasing some down to interview.
The Vikings need to look at someone who is creative and can think outside the box. Is it any surprise that Dom Capers and Greg Williams are struggling anymore? It's because they are spent.
Sure, they may change teams and make a change here or there, but it's just the same old, same old. The NFL coaching fraternity is almost laughable.
Sometimes a fired head coach turned DC works—guys like Wade Phillips, Mike Nolan or Romeo Crennel. But like free enterprise and competitive markets, it's time to look beyond the horizon of conventional, because conventional without vision promotes complacency.
This article simply explores the plausibility of bringing in a college coach. Some of the names mentioned are not going anywhere, but it is designed to create a conversation.
The following slides will take a look at some college DC's the Vikings should consider picking up the phone and calling.