Black and Blue all over: Murphy promoted

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
There have been no announcements, but Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune reports Minnesota has a new special teams coordinator.

Brian Murphy, who spent the past three seasons as the Vikings' assistant special teams coach, has been promoted to replace the departed Paul Ferraro. Murphy spent 14 seasons as a college coach, the last six at Wisconsin. He did not cross paths with Minnesota coach Brad Childress at Wisconsin but was recommended by former Badgers coach Barry Alvarez.

Ferraro left the team last month to join St. Louis as its linebackers coach. The Vikings gave up an NFL-record seven touchdowns on special teams last season. It was the only significant change to the Vikings' coaching staff this offseason.

Continuing around the NFC North on this chilly Tuesday morning: