Reports: Vikings tab Akey for defensive line

January, 31, 2014
Jan 31
3:10
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Vikings apparently have added another coach to their defensive staff. They're bringing former University of Idaho coach Robb Akey on board to be their defensive line coach, according to multiple reports out of Idaho.

Akey played for Weber State from 1984-87 when Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was there, and spent one season on Zimmer's defensive staff at the school. He'd been the defensive coordinator at Washington State for four seasons before getting the job at Idaho in 2007, and last coached there in 2012.

He has never coached in the NFL, but his experience with Zimmer probably steered the Vikings in his direction. Former defensive line coach Brendan Daly was announced as a defensive assistant with the New England Patriots earlier this week.

The Vikings still have not announced any members of their coaching staff -- other than Zimmer confirming Norv Turner is his offensive coordinator in an appearance on ESPN's NFL Insiders show earlier this week -- but the defensive staff is now believed to include coordinator George Edwards, defensive backs coach Jerry Gray and Akey.

Former defensive backs coach Joe Woods also said linebackers coach Fred Pagac would get an interview to keep his job with Zimmer, and the coach's son Adam is also expected to be on the defensive staff in some capacity.

Ben Goessling

ESPN Minnesota Vikings reporter

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