Jul 26, 2013; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings helmet sits in the grass during training camp at Minnesota State University. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Patterson, Not Robb Akey, Will Be Vikings D-Line Coach

Media reports out of Idaho had the Vikings tabbing former Idaho University head coach Robb Akey as their D-line coach, but it now appears those reports were premature.

A new media report out of El Paso, Texas says former UTEP defensive coordinator Andre Patterson is the defensive line coach in Minnesota. KVIA says Patterson will meet with Mike Zimmer on Thursday.

Patterson spent last season as assistant head coach at Florida International. Patterson already has served a stint with the Vikings, coaching the defensive line for two years under Dennis Green.

The Vikings have yet to make an official announcement on any of their coaching hires beyond head coach Mike Zimmer. Right now we are operating on the firm belief that Norv Turner will be offensive coordinator and George Edwards defensive coordinator.

But until the official word comes down from Winter Park, it’s all just reports.

That official word should be coming shortly. Unless the Vikings plan on having the first ever secret coaching staff.

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