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SI’s Orr names early offseason ‘to-dos’ for teams

While four teams will vie this weekend for a spot in the Super Bowl, another 28 are already turning the page to the 2020 season.

Sports Illustrated‘s Conor Orr took a look at each of those teams no longer contending and named one “to-do” item before the offseason fully gets underway.

For the Vikings, Orr said that Minnesota should be careful not to “fall behind in the race for offensive coordinator.”

Kevin Stefanski served as the Vikings offensive coordinator during the 2019 season but recently accepted his first-ever head coaching job with the Browns, leaving behind an empty office. It remains to be seen whether Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer will promote from within or bring in an outside candidate for the role. Orr wrote:

There are a handful of good teams still looking for offensive coordinators. The Vikings should act fast before they’re relegated to running an imitation of a system in 2019 that left some explosiveness to be desired. The Bears made their move, while the Steelers plucked offensive guru Matt Canada to coach their quarterbacks. The possibilities are (somewhat) endless, but the number of candidates who could catapult Minnesota back into the playoffs are not.

As for the Vikings two NFC North rivals not in the playoffs?

Orr said that Detroit should “upgrade its secondary” and Chicago should consider bringing in “legitimate competition” for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Nick Foles may be available. Tom Brady may be available. Eli Manning, Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston may also be available. It’s going to take some time to sell it, but this roster is built to win now, and if Trubisky reaches a performance valley as he did in 2019, there needs to be a better option.

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