Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Monday that defensive coordinator George Edwards will not return to the team, meaning Zimmer is hunting for two new coordinators.
Offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski was hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Edwards’ contract is due to expire, and he won’t be back.
“A situation that’s probably for the best,” Zimmer said.
Edwards was on Zimmer’s staff for all six of the coach’s seasons with the Vikings.
Defensive backs coach Jerry Gray was also informed he would not return on Monday.
One possible candidate for the defensive coordinator post is former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. Lewis and Zimmer have remained close after working together in Cincinnati — Lewis as head coach and Zimmer at defensive coordinator — during Lewis’ long run as Bengals’ boss.
The Vikings lost 27-10 Saturday in the NFC Divisional playoff to the San Francisco 49ers.
Zimmer didn’t provide a target date for hiring replacements for Edwards and Stefanski.
The Vikings were 14th in total defense in 2019, giving up an average of 341.6 yards per game.