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Zimmer expects few changes to Vikings' coaching staff

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer will meet with his assistant coaches this week to discuss their future plans, he said, but the head coach doesn't anticipate any significant staff changes heading into his second season with the team.

Assistant receivers coach Klint Kubiak left the team for a job at the University of Kansas, Zimmer confirmed, and it seems likely the Vikings will try to replace him this offseason. The holdovers from former coach Leslie Frazier's staff -- special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, wide receivers coach George Stewart, tight ends coach Kevin Stefanski and assistant special teams coach Ryan Ficken -- were believed to have expiring contracts after this season. Others, such as running backs coach Kirby Wilson and secondary coach Jerry Gray, could be in the running for coordinator positions elsewhere.

"A lot of it, honestly, it's about, do they want to be here?" Zimmer said "It's about the relationship between us and going forward and some guys who might not be able to work things out contractually. But overall, I anticipate most of them will be back."