Judd Zulgad/McClatchy Newspapers, Published January 10 2011
Minnesota Vikings reportedly identify assistant coaching candidates
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings are believed to have identified at least two potential candidates for offensive line coach and special teams coordinator on Leslie Frazier’s coaching staff.
Former Carolina offensive line coach Dave Magazu could land in the same job with the Vikings, and Mike Priefer, who spent the past two seasons as special teams coordinator with the Broncos, might assume that spot on Frazier’s coaching staff. Brian Murphy remains the Vikings special teams coordinator, but might be reassigned or not retained. The move away from Murphy would be surprising given the improvement the Vikings made when he took over in 2009.
While the Vikings have yet to make anything official, it’s expected that Ryan Silverfield will be named assistant offensive line coach. Silverfield was a defensive line assistant last season. He will replace Jim Hueber, who was let go last week.
Meanwhile, nothing appears to have come yet from Josh McDaniels’ interview for the offensive coordinator’s job on Friday. There already is speculation McDaniels could end up as the offensive coordinator for the Dolphins, replacing Dan Henning.
If McDaniels doesn’t land in Minnesota – Darrell Bevell remains the Vikings offensive coordinator at this point – the team could take a run at Chris Palmer. Currently coach of Hartford of the UFL, Palmer is a longtime NFL assistant. He was head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 1999 and 2000. Palmer’s most recent NFL job was as a quarterbacks coach for the New York Giants from 2007 to 2009.