the new Vikings coaching staff has been announced, and to nobody’s surprise, Norv Turner has been officially declared as the offensive coordinator. With him, he is taking his son Scott Turner who coached with him last year in Cleveland as a WR coach and converting him into the new QB coach of the Vikings. On the other side of the ball, head coach Mike Zimmer has appointed his own son Adam Zimmer as the coach of the linebackers.
Returning coaches are Jeff Davidson on the offensive line, George Stewart with the WRs, Kevin Stefanski – converting to TE coach, Jeff Howard as a Defensive Assistant, and both special teams coaches Mike Preifer and Ryan Ficken. Other new coaches include Kirby Wilson, running backs coach, Klint Kubiak, assistant wide receivers coach, Drew Petzing, offensive coaching assistant, George Edwards, defensive coordinator, Jerry Gray, defensive backs coach,Andre Patterson, defensive line coach (coached DL for the Vikings back in the 90s), Jonathan Gannon, assistant defensive backs coach, and Robb Akey, assistant defensive line coach.
Of the new guys, many of them have coached with Zimmer before. This was a tactic that former Vikings coaches, such as the beloved Brad Childress, have utilized when putting their own staffs together and they have been criticized for not trying harder to find other coaches who had better success in the past. Will the practice be frowned upon now for a coach who the fans wanted, or will they overlook the fact that he is employing the same tactics that they criticized the less popular coaches for employing?