The Minnesota Vikings Are All-In For 2023 After Making Blockbuster Hire

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The Minnesota Vikings had a surprisingly good 2022 season. But, it didn’t end the way they would have liked.

The Purple and Gold went 13-4 this year, behind a strong offensive led by first-year head coach Kevin O’Connell. That offense, with Kirk Cousins under center and Justin Jefferson putting up a sensational season, was one of the league’s best.

And, the team thrived in close games. The Vikings were a remarkable 11-0 in the regular season in games decided by one score or less. But, that came crashing down in the playoffs, as they lost at home to the upstart New York Giants, 31-24.

The Vikings’ Achilles heel all year long was their defense. The unit was ranked 30th in scoring defense and was often torched by offenses it shouldn’t have been torched by, like the New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts. So, O’Connell fired defensive coordinator Ed Donatell. But, he’s landed a big-time replacement.

What a great hire. Flores, who coached with the Steelers last year as an assistant and was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins before that, is considered a defensive mastermind. He was even interviewing with head coaching jobs this offseason, but decided to not wait on the Arizona Cardinals to make their hire before taking a coordinator job.

Most Vikings fans are pretty fired up.

This could be the missing piece for the Vikings to get to the Super Bowl in a wide-open NFC next year.