MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings added a pair of assistant coaches to their staff on Monday afternoon, hiring former Texas-El Paso linebackers coach Robert Rodriguez as an assistant defensive line coach and tabbing former Mercyhurst quarterbacks coach Andrew Janocko as an offensive quality control assistant.
Rodriguez, who fills the opening created by Robb Akey's departure for the Washington Redskins, coached with Vikings defensive line coach Andre Patterson at UTEP. He was the Western Athletic Conference's defensive player of the year in 2004, and led the WAC in tackles for three seasons as a linebacker before playing two years in the CFL.
Janocko will start his second job in the NFL, after spending the 2012 and 2013 seasons as an offensive assistant in Tampa Bay. He played quarterback at Pittsburgh from 2007-10, and effectively fills the role occupied in 2014 by Drew Petzing, who was promoted from coaching assistant to assistant wide receivers coach in January.
The additions give the Vikings a total of 20 coaches, which puts them firmly in the middle of the NFL in terms of staff size.