Jared Allen had a great six-year career with the Minnesota Vikings, terrorizing opposing quarterbacks, where he racked up 85.5 of his career 136 sacks on the gridiron. After a 12-year career, the four-time All-Pro pass rusher decided to hang up the cleats in 2015. Now, he’s one of 15 finalists to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
While he awaits his HOF fate, Allen appears ready to take on an entirely new challenge. On Wednesday, the Minnesota Vikings announced on their official Instagram account they had just finished interviewing Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore for their vacant head coaching position.
After seeing the announcement, Allen quickly offered up his own services, wondering why his phone hasn’t been blowing up since the season ended.
Minnesota Vikings head coach continues, despite Jared Allen’s advances
While several Vikings fans would be thrilled with seeing Jared Allen return to the team in some capacity, jumping ahead of the line and starting as the team’s head coach probably isn’t the best fit. Kudos to him for trying though. Never hurts to ask.
Allen has always been known to be a goofy character who likes to have a good time. That’s all this is. But it still probably won’t prevent some fans from speculating about the idea of Allen becoming the next great coach. For now, he might want to stick to curling or something.
The Vikings have interviewed several candidates for their head coach, but they will hire their general manager first, according to the Wilf ownership group.
Fans will have to continue wondering which direction their organization goes in. Despite his bid to be a Viking for life, if I were to bet, it wouldn’t be on Jared Allen getting the gig. Though, it is a nice way to get back in the tabloids with his pending HOF vote coming up.