Minnesota looking to plug hole

Dave McGinnis' defensive accomplishments will get him several interviews as a coordinator.

Updated: December 31, 2003, 11:26 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
Now that owner Red McCombs has given coach Mike Tice the seal of approval for at least one more season, the Minnesota Vikings coach can begin to fill the hole on his coaching staff that was created when defensive coordinator George O'Leary took the head-coaching job at the University of Central Florida. Oddly enough, the person that might get the job is the man who put Tice on the hot seat.

Dave McGinnis was fired by the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday, and his 16-40 record in three-plus seasons in the desert will preclude him from getting a gig as a head coach, but his defensive accomplishments will get him several interviews as a coordinator.

Dave McGinnis
Dave McGinnis has a good chance to land in Minnesota as as defensive coordinator.
He earned his reputation during his ten-year run with the Bears. Chicago's D ranked among the top six teams in fewest yards allowed seven times in his tenure and was part of a defensive staff that led the NFL in fewest points allowed in 1986 and 1988, and ranked first or second in total defense from 1986-88.