Souhan: The Vikings need to fire Ed Donatell and revamp an aging defense

Five years after the Minneapolis Miracle, the 2022 Vikings proved that they were the Minnesota Mirage. Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, they were shredded by the New York

Giants' previously mediocre offense, losing 31-24 in the first round of the playoffs. Ludacris performed at halftime. Ludicrous described the Vikings' defensive performance

before and after. The Vikings became the second team this season to allow 30 points to the Giants. The other: the woeful Colts. This aging, plodding Vikings defense

allowed Giants quarterback Daniel Jones to produce 379 yards, his second-highest total this season. Only the Lions, the one team who finished behind Minnesota in total defense,

allowed him to produce more. Once the Vikings' new brain trust congratulates itself on an impressive debut season and slaps a few backs, they need to fire defensive

coordinator Ed Donatell. Two names on their list of replacements should be Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley, if he is fired, and Wade Phillips, father of

Vikings offensive coordinator Wes Phillips and current XFL head coach. Staley is coming off a terrible performance in Jacksonville in the Chargers' playoff loss, but he is

close with Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell. He's also young and bright and would fit into what the Vikings are trying to build. Wade Phillips is 75 and tends to have a

three-year shelf life wherever he coaches. He's also a Hall of Fame-caliber defensive coordinator and could put the Vikings defense on the right path in a year or two.