Vikings DC George Edwards Not Expected To Return

The Vikings will have two new coordinators in 2020. OC Kevin Stefanski left to become the new head coach of the Browns, and DC George Edwards is not expected to return next year, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link).

There was some speculation toward the end of the year that head coach Mike Zimmer could be on his way out, but that turned out not to be true. He will have a completely retooled staff however, and it isn’t the first time. Minnesota went from Pat Shurmur to John DeFilippo to Stefanski in consecutive years, so 2020 will be their fourth straight season with a new offensive play-caller. There’s been more continuity on defense, but that’s about to change. Edwards had been Zimmer’s defensive coordinator ever since he became the Vikings’ head coach in 2014, so this is a big departure.

Edwards, 52, has been in the NFL in some capacity for every season since 1998. He was Washington’s defensive coordinator in 2003, and Buffalo’s from 2010-11. He’s also served as a positional coach with a handful of different stops. Andrew Zimmer, Mike’s son and the Vikings’ current linebackers coach, could be a candidate for a promotion, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com floated in a tweet.

The contracts for both Zimmer and Vikings GM Rick Spielman expire after next season, so there could be even more change on the horizon. Quarterback Kirk Cousins will also be entering the final year of his deal, and ownership could elect to truly blow things up if the results are underwhelming in 2020.

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  1. Defence hasn’t really been the problem for the Vikings for the last five years, so this is a surprise. Not sure what Zimmer hopes will improve by dropping Edwards. Does anybody have more inside information?

    • letmeclearmythroat74

      What kind of question is that on a rumors app comment section ? Who are you talking to ? Us the commenters? Do we have any inside information? WTH Well , sure my best friend Moe’ s cousin Jed had a friend that was Zimmers neighbor when he was DC in Cincy , he said he knows Zimmer so well that there was a conflicting arguments about the decor in the office in Vikings offices. They tried to resolve things but it was ultimately George’s wife that said, Oh Hell no!! And that was it.

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