Minnesota Vikings: Alan Williams Named New Defensive Coordinator

Sammy SucuSenior Analyst IJanuary 19, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL,  Alan Williams of the Indianapolis Colts poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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Alan Williams has accepted the job as the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, according to Tom Pelissero at ESPN.

It was first reported yesterday that the Vikings were going to offer Williams their vacant coordinator role. The Vikings also had a vacancy for their defensive line coaching position, which they addressed today with the hiring of Brendan Daley. 

The Minnesota Vikings' new defensive coordinator has history with head coach Leslie Frazier and has been using the Tampa 2 scheme that Frazier implements since he has a been a coach in this league. The hire of Alan Williams seems to makes sense because of the Vikings' horrid performance, not only on defense, but especially in the secondary. 

Ex-defensive line coach Karl Dunbar was fired from the team last week and the Vikings needed to find a new coach to replace him, too. The Vikings decided to hire Brendan Daley, who had been in St Louis for the past three years. Daly used to work with the Vikings prior to his stint with the St. Louis Rams. Frazier and Daly also know each other very well and have worked together in the past. 

For many Vikings fans, today is going to be full of confusion and anger. Once again, the Vikings went and hired people that the coach was comfortable with and not someone who has experience and can help the Vikings get to the next level. Not much is known about Alan Williams, but one can expect fans in Minneapolis hoped for the Vikings to lock up Steve Spagnuolo. If not, the team were at least expected to find a proven guy the way the Texans did last year, and we all know how much that helped the Texans defense. 


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