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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Ferraro likely leaving

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

It seems likely the Minnesota Vikings will be looking for a new special teams coordinator, possibly as early as Thursday.

Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune reports the team gave permission for current coordinator Paul Ferraro to interview with St. Louis, a move that would only occur if the Rams were serious about hiring him and if he wanted to move on. Otherwise, Vikings coach Brad Childress could have blocked the interview. Ferraro and new Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo were college teammates at Springfield (Mass.) College.

Childress said earlier this month that he had no plans to fire Ferraro after the Vikings set an NFL record by giving up seven touchdowns on special teams in 2008. But Childress obviously chose not to stand in the way of Ferraro leaving.

Ferraro would be only the third departure from the original staff Childress hired upon his arrival in 2006. Zulgad reports that assistant special teams coach Brian Murphy is a candidate to replace Ferraro.

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