Leslie Frazier has begun the process of putting his personal stamp on the Vikings‘ coaching staff. Today the Vikes let go of quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers, offensive line coach Pat Morris and assistant offensive line coach Jim Hueber. Running backs coach Eric Bieniemy is also set to leave, after accepting the offensive coordinator position at the University of Colorado.
Despite an overall inconsistent effort by the offensive unit, even after Brad Childress left, Judd Zulgad reports that as of now Darrell Bevell looks set to retain his position as offensive coordinator. This will come as somewhat disheartening news to those who hoped for a full house cleaning on the offensive side – a scrubbing of the residue of the Chilly era, if you will.
On the defensive side, Fred Pagac looks like he’s in line to be named defensive coordinator. Pagac won a lot of fans late in the season with his aggressive style, particularly in the Eagles game, where his plan of blitzing Antoine Winfield play-after-play left Michael Vick a quivering wreck.
With Pagac’s promotion to defensive coordinator, the Vikings would be left with a vacancy at linebackers coach. Mr. Zulgad has suggested Frazier could hire his old friend and teammate Mike Singletary for that position, now that Singletary has been relieved of his duties as 49ers head coach. Singletary could also be given the same assistant head coach title Frazier enjoyed under Brad Childress.
Singletary would certainly bring an interesting personality to the mix. Between him and Pagac, the Vikings could end up with the fieriest set of defensive coaches in the entire league. That would make an interesting contrast to Frazier’s laid-back leadership approach.
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