Jared Allen comfortable with moves after Vikings shake it up
Jared Allen was disappointed to see the Minnesota Vikings fire defensive line coach Karl Dunbar but for the most part the Pro Bowl end is pleased with where things are at right now as the team re-works Leslie Frazier’s coaching staff.
Alan Williams was hired as defensive coordinator on Thursday and the team announced Brendan Daly has returned to replace Dunbar.
Williams will run the familiar Cover-2 based scheme that Allen was accustomed to, and that allayed any concerns he had about a radical change in philosophy. There were some rumors the team could adopt a 3-4 front with a new coordinator.
"When I heard (the rumors) at first I brought it to the attention of some people and they assured me it wasn't going to happen," Allen said, according to Judd Zulgad of ESPN 1500. "But just like anything else, when you're 3-13 shakeups happen and you never know what the latest fad is.
"If a good D-coordinator is available sometimes you have to hire them and if their philosophy is such then there are decisions you have to make as a player. After talking with coaches and Coach Frazier and (general manager) Rick (Spielman) and those guys, there was never a thought in my mind that that's the way they'd go."
Allen led the NFL with 22 sacks this season and is still part of a strong front that includes tackle Kevin Williams. Allen had hopes Dunbar and defensive coordinator Fred Pagac would remain in place.
“Coach called me when he made his decision and laid it out," Allen said. "Obviously, I'm not in the position of hiring or firing, but it was definitely nice to have him reach out to me and to make sure that I was comfortable with things and for the most part I am.
"But at the same time it's a business and at 3-13 things had to change. I'm excited to see where this goes. I trust Coach Frazier, I trust the organization that they're going to put the right people in the spots and so that's what we're moving with."
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