Vikings coaches finding out their fate

Vikings assistant coaches are being informed of their fate at the Senior Bowl, with more offensive than defensive coaches staying on staff.

The fate of coaches from Leslie Frazier's staff is coming together and the entire defensive staff from 2013 appears to be gone.

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, defensive line coach Brendan Daly and defensive backs coach Joe Woods are all out, with coaches being informed of their fate this week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Linebackers coach Fred Pagac could be retained, according to another source.

Some of those coaches traveled to Mobile not knowing what their role would be with the team and were hoping to meet with new head coach Mike Zimmer.

Linebackers coach Mike Singletary said on Tuesday that he had already decided not to stay on as a position coach in 2014 before the 2013 season even began, informing Frazier of that decision during the offseason. He said he has had early contact with two or three other NFL teams about a role with them.

Daly told the Chicago Tribune that he already had initial meetings with three or four teams and was hoping to catch on with one of them soon.

Defensive coordinator George Edwards is expected to have Adam Zimmer, the son of Mike, either working with linebackers or defensive backs, but FOX Sports reported Wednesday that the Vikings were hiring Jerry Gray to coach the secondary.

On the offensive side of the ball, more of Frazier's assistants are being retained, according to the source.

Offensive line coach Jeff Davidson is in Mobile evaluating players at that position and is being retained, along with wide receivers coach George Stewart. Assistant quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski is expected to be retained, according to the source. However, one of the coaches that is supposedly being retained said he hasn't had an opportunity to speak with Zimmer yet and didn't know his fate.

Quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson isn't being retained and will reportedly be replaced by the Scott Turner, the son of offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Johnson is heading to the New York Giants to become their running backs coach.

Running backs coach James Saxon is also out.


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