Brad Childress and Staff Bring Coaching Experience to 2009 Vikings

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Brad Childress and Staff Bring Coaching Experience to 2009 Vikings
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If ever there were a time to get a job with the Minnesota Vikings, 2006 was that time.

Although head coach Brad Childress did make a few minor adjustments this year, the core of his group had been with him since he took over the team after the departure of Mike Tice.

Childress himself has had a long and storied football career playing at Illinois and Eastern Illinois, coaching on the college level for 20 years from 1978-1998.

He did spend one season, though, as a quarterbacks coach with the Indianapolis Colts in 1985.

He spent time coaching at Illinois, Northern Arizona, Utah, and Wisconsin, before joining the Philadelphia Eagles staff in 1999, and helped lead his team to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX.

Childress was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia for four seasons before taking the head role in Minnesota.

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell played college football briefly at Northern Arizona where he played under Childress, before taking some time off to do missionary work.

When he returned, he again played for Childress at the University of Wisconsin, and then began his coaching career in 1996 at Westmar.

He spent a season with Iowa State, and two with Connecticut, before joining the Green Bay Packers from 2000-2005.

Bevell joined Childress again when he made his move to the Vikings in 2006.

Special teams coordinator Brian Murphy played at Lehigh from 1988-1991, before spending much of the next seven seasons coaching at Benedictine, Wisconsin, Baylor, San Diego, and Lehigh.

Murphy would return to Wisconsin from 2002-2005, before joining Childress in 2006.

Defensive line coach Karl Dunbar played at LSU from 1986-1989, before breaking into the NFL as a defensive lineman with Pittsburgh in 1990.

Dunbar then spent parts of the next five seasons with New Orleans and Arizona, before signing on as a coach for Nicholls State in 1998. He would also spend time at LSU and Oklahoma state before coaching for the Chicago Bears in 2004.

Like the others, he joined the staff in 2006.

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