Vikings To Hire Paul Guenther

The Vikings are set to hire Paul Guenther as a senior defensive assistant (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero). After being fired as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator, Guenther now has a job lined up for the 2021 season.

Guenther worked for Mike Zimmer in Cincinnati for six years, then took over his role as DC when Zimmer moved on to the Vikings in 2014. He’s held high-profile jobs ever since, though his reputation took a hit as the Raiders’ defense sagged in 2020.

The Raiders gave Guenther the heave-ho after an ugly Sunday night loss to the Colts. The 44-27 defeat saw the Raiders surrender 456 total yards, including 212 yards on the ground. It was the team’s second straight game with 200+ rushing yards surrendered. They were also in the league’s cellar for sacks and allowed 28.4 points per game under Guenther’s guidance.

Gus Bradley has since assumed Guenther’s old job in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Guenther will get reacquainted with his winter wardrobe in Minnesota.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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11 comments on “Vikings To Hire Paul Guenther

  1. Hairy Callous

    This dude smells. If you thought the Vikings D couldn’t get worse, stay tuned.

  2. Hannibal8us

    He’s a buddy of Zims from their time in Cincy, and he’s a senior assistant not the DC. Don’t understand all the negativity for someone with little power.

  3. letmeclearmythroat74

    His last year in Cincy he actually had a pretty strong defense. I think it was more personal than scheme.

  4. elscorcho the marlin

    He looks like your brother in law who randomly makes inappropriate yells at his wife for not bringing beers in fast enough, or nachos.

    • jessethegreat

      Wanna trade brother in laws? Mine is a 300 lb 37 year old mommy and daddy’s basement dwelling addict that has never even talked to a woman. I’d prefer one I could have a drink with and not wonder if he’s going to try to touch my children if no one is looking.

  5. Vikings had a terrible defense last year and gave up the 5th most points in the league. Their response? Hire a guy from the team that gave up the 3rd most points in the league. Asinine.

  6. markdavisbarber

    Without Vontaze Burfict …. Gunther appeared to be coaching JV Ball. Too much talent that is running without direction on the field.

    At least they weren’t arguing and yelling at each other pointing fingers.

  7. Bdd1967

    Time for Zimmer to hit the bricks. You’ve had plenty to work with and haven’t been able to get over the hump. Hiring retread friends and family just keeps it in the same ol’ same ol’ mode. Bye bye Zimmer!! Maybe you’ll see a “Fire Mike” footprint sign in the snow out at the TCO training facility…like Denny Green saw at Winter park.

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