After weeks of interviews, rumors and more than a bit of speculation, the Minnesota Vikings pulled some important pieces of their new coaching staff together and made an official announcement today.
Bill Musgrave will take over as the team's new offensive coordinator, replacing Darrell Bevell. Musgrave has spent the past five seasons as the quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach for the Atlanta Falcons. His experience as a backup quarterback to Hall of Famers like Joe Montana, John Elway and Steve Young undoubtedly make him knowledgeable at that position. He also helped mold Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan into one of the game's most promising young Pro Bowl QBs. It will be interesting to see not only how Musgrave manages the Vikings offense—West Coast system or not—but also how he helps to guide the Vikings' next starting signal caller.
Elsewhere, Fred Pagac moves from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator, replacing now head coach Leslie Frazier. Pagac has 10 years of NFL coaching experience, but he will have his hands full with the promotion, following in the footsteps of Mike Tomlin (now Pittsburgh Steelers head coach) and Frazier.
Mike Priefer will take over the special teams coordinator job, moving from Denver where he held the same position for the past two years. His special teams units have scored 12 times and blocked 15 kicks in nine NFL seasons.
The Vikings still have openings for offensive line, running backs and quarterbacks coaches.