Leslie Frazier’s coaching staff is beginning to take shape.
ESPN and Access Vikings are both reporting that the Vikings have hired Bill Musgrave as their new offensive coordinator. Musgrave was also being sought after by the Cleveland Browns for their offensive coordinator position.
Most recently the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Atlanta Falcons, Musgrave has received praise for how well he developed Matt Ryan in his first years as an NFL quarterback. It is expected that Musgrave is likely to be charged with a similar challenge with the Vikings whom many expect to draft a quarterback in the early rounds of this upcoming draft.
Musgrave has an array of experience in different offensive schemes, including the west coast offense, but it will be a while before we know for sure what scheme the Vikings will use moving forward. Frazier has made it clear that he wants his new coordinator to center the offense around running back Adrian Peterson.
It also seems possible that the Vikings will can their current zone blocking scheme and turn to more of a power based scheme which is believed to be a better fit for their current personnel. The Vikings are still without coaches on the offensive line and I would bet Frazier was waiting to make sure his new coordinator has some say in the matter.
The quarterbacks and running backs coaching positions still remain open. The Vikings have offered the running backs position to Gene Huey but he is considering retirement. Musgrave may also get a say in who is hired as the quarterbacks coach. One idea is that the Vikings most recent offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell might be allowed to stay as quarterbacks coach if he is willing to accept the demotion. Bevell interviewed for Seattle’s offensive coordinator position today.
Additionally, the Vikings officially announced three other coaching hires, all of which were widely expected.
Fred Pagac has been promoted to defensive coordinator and Mike Singletary received the title of “Special Assistant to the Head Coach” in addition to being the linebackers coach.
Mike Priefer will serve as the special teams coordinator.