The Minnesota Vikings, who already have had several changes to their offensive coaching staff, reportedly will lose long-time wide receivers coach George Stewart.
Stewart, who has coached wide receivers in Minnesota for the last 10 years, has been hired as the special teams coordinator for the Los Angeles Chargers, according to Alex Marvez of The Sporting News.
Stewart has been coaching receivers for the Vikings through the Brad Childress, Leslie Frazier and Mike Zimmer eras and has been coaching receivers in the NFL for 21 years – he was with the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers prior to joining the Vikings in 2007. Prior to that, he had coach special teams with Tampa Bay (1992-95) and Pittsburgh (1989-91).
He has been in the NFL since coaching offensive line for the Vikings in 1984-85.
Stewart going to the Chargers will create another change on the offensive coaching staff.
The Vikings let quarterbacks coach Scott Turner, the son of Norv Turner, go after the season, moving Kevin Stefanski from running backs to quarterbacks. They then hired former UCLA offensive coordinator and running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu to coach running backs and Clancy Barone to coach tight ends. They needed a tight ends coach after Pat Shurmur, who coached them in 2016, was promoted to offensive coordinator on a full-time basis after the season.
Stewart was considered a mentor and father-figure type for many of the young receivers for the Vikings.