Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Giants hire ex-Vikings QB coach; DT signs
By Ben Goessling
MINNEAPOLIS -- Another former Vikings assistant coach has found a different job.
Craig Johnson, who was the Vikings' quarterbacks coach the past three seasons under Leslie Frazier, was hired to be the New York Giants' running backs coach under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo -- who, like Johnson, is a former NFC North quarterbacks coach. McAdoo (the former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach) hired Johnson to replace Jerald Ingram. Johnson used to coach running backs for the Titans before coming to the Vikings, after serving as Tennessee's quarterbacks coach.
His move makes sense in light of what the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported from the Senior Bowl earlier this week -- that former Cleveland Browns wide receivers coach Scott Turner, the son of new Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner, was seen running the Vikings' interviews with quarterback prospects, indicating he will likely be the Vikings' new quarterbacks coach. The Vikings still haven't confirmed any of their coaching hires, and have said they'll wait to announce the entire staff at a later date, but the pieces of their staff continue to fall into place.
The Vikings did announce, however, that they've signed former Bengals defensive tackle Kheeston Randall to a reserve/future contract. Randall didn't see any game action for the Bengals last season, but it's safe to assume new coach Mike Zimmer -- who coached Randall last year in Cincinnati -- saw something in the 6-foot-4 tackle.
Randall had previously played for the Miami Dolphins, suiting up for 12 games and making six tackles in 2012.