The Minnesota Vikings have promoted Andre Patterson to co-defensive coordinator and will still work with the team’s successful defensive line.
The defensive line has been one of the most successful units of the Minnesota Vikings for many years running. Their ability to draft and develop some of the best pass rushers in the league and bring out the best in their ends and tackles has seemingly become a tradition for the purple and gold.
A lot of credit has to go to the talented players who have been on the defensive line but kudos also belong with Andre Patterson, who has been working with the unit since the 2014 NFL season to elevate the team’s talent.
Entering the 2020 NFL season, Patterson has been promoted to co-defensive coordinator with Adam Zimmer, which will allow the coach to not only perform coordinator duties but work with the players on the defensive line as well.
In a recent press conference with the media, Andre Patterson was asked about having the ‘best of both worlds’ by getting a promotion and still being able to work with the unit he has been overseeing for the last five years and he responded with words of loyalty and pride:
“Those are my boys, and I never would want to walk out of that room if I’m in this building. Never want to walk out of that room. So I take a lot of pride in how they play and how they develop, and so to be able to do both is great for me.”
Being able to continue working with established stars like Everson Griffen, Danielle Hunter, and Linval Joseph as well as young, developing players such as Ifeadi Odenigbo, Jalyn Holmes, Jaleel Johnson, and Hercules Mata’afa should pay dividends for the Minnesota Vikings.
The promotion should not only give experience to Andre Patterson and Adam Zimmer as a coordinator but allow them to continue working with the units they have worked hard with over the years. It truly does sound like a situation where both the team and the staff get the best of both worlds.