The Vikings fired defense coordinator Ed Donatella.
Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell announced the news today, a day after he declined to say if Donatell would return.
“I informed Ed Donatell today that we will be moving in a different direction in 2023 as defense coordinator,” O’Connell said in a statement. “While it was a difficult decision due to the huge respect I have for Ed as a person and coach, I believe it is the right move for the future of our football team. I want to thank Ed for his commitment to the Vikings last season, for the positive impact he had on our players and coaches, and for his role in helping me, as a freshman head coach, lay that foundation.”
Donatell, 65, is a longtime NFL defensive coordinator who is sure to have offers if he wants to join another coaching staff, but his year in Minnesota ended in a disappointing playoff loss and draw.