Vikings assistants getting contracts renewed

The assistant coaches for the Vikings will remain largely intact, with those who were holdovers from the Leslie Frazier staff set to get extensions.

With the contracts of assistant coaches that were holdovers from the Leslie Frazier era coming to end soon, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday that their contracts will be renewed through the 2016 season.

The list of coaches retained between the Frazier and Zimmer regimes include special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, tight ends coach Kevin Stefanski, receivers coach George Stewart, defensive assistant Jeff Howard, assistant defensive backs coach Jonathan Gannon, assistant special teams coach Ryan Ficken, offensive line coach Jeff Davidson and receiver coach George Stewart.

“We’re going to redo most of them, most of their contracts. They’ll extend. We’ll put them on another year, so they’ll have extra year,” Zimmer said.

That means that most of the coaching staff will be under contract through the 2016 season, giving Zimmer some stability in the staff. The only change so far this year is that assistant receivers coach Klint Kubiak took a job as the receivers coach at the University of Kansas. Zimmer said Drew Petzing, who served as a coaching assistant in 2014, will become the assistant receivers coach and Zimmer will hire someone to fill Petzing’s spot.

Running backs coach Kirby Wilson interviewed for the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator position, but Jacksonville hired Greg Olsen for that job.

The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., where Zimmer discussed the coaching situation with a few Vikings beat writers, is often a job fair of sorts for coaches, so it’s still possible one of the Vikings’ assistants could find a promotion with another team, but for now it appears the coaching staff will have stability with the exception of Kubiak leaving.


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