The Minnesota Vikings announced Thursday the team has fired defensive coordinator Ed Donatell. The Vikings ranked second worst in yards allowed in the league this past season and fourth worst in points allowed during the regular season. Donatell is 65-years-old and has coached 32 seasons with defensive coordinator stints with four different teams.
Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell released the following statement on the decision to fire Donatell:
“Today I informed Ed Donatell we will be going in a different direction at defensive coordinator in 2023. While this was a difficult decision because of the tremendous respect I have for Ed as a person and a 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 this past season, for the positive impact he had on our players and coaches and for his role in helping me as a first-year head coach lay this foundation. We all wish Ed and his wife, Shari, only the best in the future.
We will immediately begin our search to fill this critical role as we continue to build a championship standard for the Minnesota Vikings. “