Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Updating Minnesota's coaching news*
By Kevin Seifert
The Seattle Seahawks will interview current Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for their quarterbacks coach job, according to ESPN's John Clayton. That news gives credence to one of our theories on where Vikings coach Leslie Frazier is going with his staff: Rather than firing the holdover assistants he doesn't want, he is giving them a chance to sign on elsewhere before announcing their replacements.
That process began Monday, when special teams coordinator Brian Murphy departed for a similar job with the Carolina Panthers. Frazier had interviewed former Denver Broncos assistant Mike Priefer for Murphy's job, and Priefer remains the likeliest candidate to fill it.
Frazier also interviewed former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels to replace Bevell. McDaniels is currently negotiating with the St. Louis Rams, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, but the Rams also want to speak with Bevell. McDaniels is said to favor the Rams over the Vikings because of Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. In the event they don't land McDaniels, the Vikings are also scheduled to interview Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave, according to Mortensen.
Meanwhile, Frazier seems on track to hire former teammate and longtime friend Mike Singletary as his linebackers coach. Former linebackers coach Fred Pagac is expected to be named defensive coordinator. *Update: Singletary told ESPN 1000 that he has accepted the job of linebackers/assistant head coach.