Vikings coach Leslie Frazier is taking his coaching staff to the Senior Bowl, but first he has to finalize who is on it.
The Vikings' coaching staff has been selected to coach the Senior Bowl on Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala. Minnesota will coach the North team, marking the first coaching appearance for the Vikings staff in the game since 1980 under Bud Grant, and the Washington Redskins will coach the South team.
The Vikings have the No. 3 selection in April's draft, and draft order determines which teams can send their staffs to coach the game. The Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams, who have the first two picks, fired their head coaches at the conclusion of the regular season and have yet to hire replacements.
"It gives us the chance to work with some of the most talented football players in the country as they prepare to enter the NFL," Frazier said.
The Vikings drafted five players from last year's Senior Bowl, including quarterback Christian Ponder with the No. 12 overall pick.
Frazier could be taking a new defensive coordinator into the game. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris spent Friday at the team's practice facility in Eden Prairie interviewing for a high-level defensive job, fueling speculation about current coordinator Fred Pagac's future.
CBSSports.com's Clark Judge reported Saturday that the Vikings are expected to interview former Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo, Jacksonville Jaguars defensivecoordinator/interim coach Mel Tucker and Vikings linebackers coach Mike Singletary for the coordinator job.
Spagnuolo, fired Monday by the Rams after a 2-14 finish in his third season, likely will be coveted on the NFL market because of his success as the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants during their 2008 Super Bowl run.
Under Pagac, the Vikings allowed 28.1 points per game this season - the second-worst ranking in the league - finished 26th in pass defense and fell out of the top 10 in run defense for the first time in six years.
The Vikings still have interest in retaining Pagac, possibly resuming his role as linebackers coach, but it's uncertain whether he would accept a demotion.
The Vikings on Friday fired defensive line coach Karl Dunbar after six seasons.