Leslie Frazier begins shaping his staff
One of the keys for teams hiring a new head coach is to strike quickly to give the new hire the best opportunity to construct his staff.
Leslie Frazier, promoted from interim coach to the new head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, has the task of evaluating his current assistants and he’s not wasting any time.
The Vikings fired offensive line coach Pat Morris, quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers and assistant offensive line coach Jim Huber today, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The fate of offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has not been determined, but he remains on staff for now.
It is expected that Frazier will promote linebackers coach Fred Pagac into the defensive coordinator role. Special teams coordinator Brian Murphy’s status remains undetermined too. The Vikings have had their struggles in that phase. The report speculates that former San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary could be a candidate to become the club’s linebackers coach. Frazier and Singletary were teammates with the Chicago Bears.
Also, running backs coach Eric Bieniemy, who departed to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Colorado, must be replaced. The Star Tribune has reported for some time that Johnny Roland, who Frazier knows from his playing days with the Bears, could be hired to fill that position.
The big decision, though, is whether or not to keep Bevell.
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