Singletary to join Vikings

The Vikings have reached an agreement with Mike Singletary to coach their linebackers, he confirmed to a Chicago radio station. The team continues to work on finding an offensive coordinator.

The Vikings are quickly filling their vacant coaching positions, highlighted by the signing of Mike Singletary, whose 49ers were on the receiving end of arguably Brett Favre's greatest moment as a Viking.

Singletary has confirmed that he will join the Vikings as a linebackers coach/assistant head coach. He was interviewed Tuesday on ESPN-Chicago Radio and said he would be joining the Vikings, although no team confirmation has arrived yet.

The Vikings also replaced special teams coordinator Brian Murphy Tuesday by hiring Mike Priefer, who held the same position with the Denver Broncos.

Falcons quarterbacks coach/assistant head coach Bill Musgrave is expected to be interviewed today for what appears now to be a pre-destined search for a new offensive coordinator. On Jan. 7, Josh McDaniels came in for an interview, which was rendered moot Tuesday (see below). With the Falcons eliminated from the playoffs, Musgrave might be a sign that the Vikings may be looking to draft a quarterback. Musgrave was credited with the transition of Matt Ryan from a college QB to an elite NFL quarterback.

What does this all mean for Darrell Bevell, the current offensive coordinator? It may be time to start collecting boxes, because, while nothing has been said publicly, the signs are on the wall that the team is going in a new direction in the Frazier Administration.

The Vikings are also expected to announce the hiring of special teams coordinator Mike Priefer sometime this week, before the coaching staff heads to Mobile, Ala. to evaluate incoming talent at the Senior Bowl.


  • The McDaniels side of the coaching equation was eliminated in terms of the Vikings of Tuesday. McDaniels signed on to be the offensive coordinator in St. Louis, where he will be in charge of the maturation process of QB Sam Bradford, last April's first overall draft choice. There has been speculation that the Vikings waited to widen their O.C. search until McDaniels made up his mind.

  • As part of filing his retirement papers, when Favre is one year removed from playing in the NFL, he will receive a severance check, which, for a 20-year veteran, is $222,500. Not a gold watch, but the Favres won't complain.

    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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