Vikings hire Saxon as running backs coach

The Minnesota Vikings put the finishing touches on Leslie Frazier’s coaching staff today when James Saxon was hired as running backs coach.

The club had reportedly offered the job to Gene Huey after he was fired by the Indianapolis Colts, but the 63-year-old instead opted for retirement.

Saxon was with the Miami Dolphins for the past three seasons and was let go after this last year. He was also an assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2001 to 2007 when they had one of the best running games in the league with Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson and Tony Richardson.

A former eight-year veteran, Saxon will work with Adrian Peterson and be charged with developing Toby Gerhart.

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