MINNEAPOLIS -- As we wait for the grand unveiling of the Minnesota Vikings' new coaching staff, another one of the team's former assistant coaches has found a new job.
Defensive line coach Brendan Daly, who was in that position for the last two years after first working with the Vikings from 2006-08, was hired on Wednesday as a defensive assistant with the New England Patriots, the team announced on Wednesday. It was unclear whether Daly would get a chance to stay on with new coach Mike Zimmer, but he's evidently moved on to a job with the Patriots.
That means the name of a Vikings defensive line coach hasn't surfaced yet, which leaves at least one gap in our understanding of the team's defensive staff. Zimmer's son, Adam, is expected to take a job on the defensive staff, former Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray will reportedly be the defensive backs coach, and former defensive backs coach Joe Woods said last week that linebackers coach Fred Pagac would be among those who got a chance to interview for a job on Zimmer's staff. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner's staff will reportedly include his son, Scott, and former Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson. Woods also said offensive line coach Jeff Davidson and wide receivers coach George Stewart would get chances to interview for jobs with Zimmer.
Zimmer had said he would wait to confirm any coaching hires until the whole staff was in place, but he did confirm that Norv Turner will be the offensive coordinator on ESPN's "NFL Insiders" show on Wednesday afternoon. That had been widely reported, as had the addition of defensive coordinator George Edwards to the staff, but Wednesday's interview was Zimmer's first confirmation of the Turner hire after both general manager Rick Spielman and running back Adrian Peterson had talked about it in previous interviews.
One holdup to the staff, as we've discussed, might be the investigation of former punter Chris Kluwe's allegations against special teams coordinator Mike Priefer. Woods said Priefer would likely interview for a job, and it is believed Priefer would have a strong chance to stay, but the Vikings might be waiting to see where an independent investigation of Kluwe's allegations goes. Considering the conclusion of that investigation might still be a month away, it should become evident if the Priefer situation is holding things up if the Vikings still haven't announced a staff in the next week or two.