Vikings fire defensive coordinator Ed Donatell after one season

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings fired defensive coordinator Ed Dontell on Thursday, a surprise decision on the veteran coach after his defense’s disappointing finish.

The Vikings are second-worst in the NFL in yards allowed and fourth-worst in points allowed during the regular season. He gave up 431 yards and 31 points in their wild-card round loss to the New York Giants last week.

Coach Kevin O’Connell was hired by the Vikings a year ago and made Dontell his first defensive coordinator, the fourth different NFL team he has held the role for. Dontell, 65, has coached in the league for 32 seasons.

O’Connell said in a statement distributed by the team, “Although this was a difficult decision because I have great respect for Ed as a person and as a coach, I believe this is our football team’s decision.” It’s the right move for the future.” . “I want to thank Ed for his commitment to the Vikings this past season, for his positive impact on our players and coaches, and for laying the foundation to help me as a first-year head coach. I am.”

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