MANKATO, Minn. -- Assuming his stay with the Minnesota Vikings ends by late September, interim special-teams coordinator Joe Marciano will work less during the 2014 football season than he has during any in 28 years. That's not something Marciano plans to make the start of a trend, however.
Marciano, who will "pinch hit" for Mike Priefer during his three-game suspension at the start of the regular season, said he's grateful for his opportunity with the Vikings after the Houston Texans cleaned out Gary Kubiak's staff last season, ending Marciano's time as the only special-teams coordinator in team history. The 60-year-old coach was "sort of retired" before the Vikings asked him to fill in for Priefer, according to coach Mike Zimmer, but Marciano is hoping he'll be able to parlay his stint with the Vikings into a full-time job somewhere in 2015.
"I think I'll be coaching somewhere next year, whether it's in the pros or in college," Marciano said. "I believe I'm still a good coach."
He stressed he's not with the Vikings to replace Priefer, who can return after two games if he completes sensitivity training, but Marciano's experience was what led the Vikings to him. They chose to bring in a veteran coordinator, instead of handing the job solely to assistant special-teams coach Ryan Ficken, to pair Zimmer with a veteran coach as he gets started with the Vikings. The assignment doesn't figure to run past Priefer's suspension, but it could open up more doors for Marciano in the future.
"When you do well, your reputation speaks for itself," Marciano said. "I'm thankful. I'm grateful to be back coaching."