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Vikings Add Singletary, Priefer; Still No Offensive Coordinator

January 19, 2011

Although the team is yet to officially announce either of the coaching staff additions, multiple media outlets have reported that Mike Singletary and Mike Priefer will join the Vikings’ coaching staff.

Singletary will become the linebackers coach and assistant head coach. The title of assistant head coach means that he will have a larger say in game planning as well as a larger paycheck. Singletary, a former teammate of Vikings’ head coach Leslie Frazier, is often praised for his intensity, but was relieved of his head coaching duties by the San Francisco 49ers after a disappointing 2010 season.

Mike Priefer will replace Brian Murphy as special teams coordinator. Priefer has spent 16 years coaching in the collegiate and professional ranks and most recently held the same title for the Denver Broncos. His coaching career has also made stops in Jacksonville, New York, and Kansas City.

The two defensive hires leave one glaring omission in the Vikings’ staff: offensive coordinator. On Tuesday, the St. Louis Rams hired Josh McDaniels, who also interviewed for the Vikings’ job. Next on the interview list for the Vikings is Falcons’ quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave. Musgrave met with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday and will meet with the Vikings on Wednesday. Current offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell remains under contract, but it appears that he will have to accept a reduced role on Frazier’s staff if he does not find work elsewhere.

Head coach Leslie Frazier has indicated he would like to announce all of the staff signings at one time, so we may have to wait until each and every coach has signed on the dotted line.

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