Vikings make it official with new defensive coordinator

The Minnesota Vikings made it official, announcing that Alan Williams has become the team’s defensive coordinator.

The club also appointed Brendan Daly as its new defensive line coach.

Williams had a strong interview earlier this week and joins the Vikings after 10 seasons of working with defensive backs in Indianapolis. This is the second tour for the Vikings for Daly, who was with the team from 2006 to 2008 before spending three seasons with the St. Louis Rams.

“Alan and Brendan have both proved themselves as quality coaches in our League,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. “I had the chance to work directly with both men and can’t say enough about their character, work ethic and ability to connect with players and push them to be their best.”

Frazier and Williams worked together previously under Tony Dungy with the Colts. Daly replaces Karl Dunbar, who was let go shortly after the season ended even though Jared Allen led the NFL with 22 sacks.

The question now is who will coach linebackers? Fred Pagac, bounced out of the defensive coordinator role last week, has reportedly been offered the position. Mike Singletary holds the position and he has a longstanding relationship with Frazier. It would be surprising if Frazier cut Singletary but the Vikings' goal was to shake up the defensive staff. Stay tuned.

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