Vikings Hire Wide Receivers Coach

Just one day after impressing head coach Mike Tice in an interview, Wes Chandler was hired by the Minnesota Vikings as their wide receivers coach.

Wes Chandler, the former San Diego Chargers star, is the newest member of the Vikings' coaching staff. As their wide receivers coach, he fills out the last remaining vacancy in the staff, which was forced to overhaul when offensive coordinator Scott Linehan accepted the same position with the Miami Dolphins on Jan. 19. Former wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett followed Linehan to Miami.

Chandler played 11 seasons as a wide receiver in the NFL and most recently coached the Dallas Cowboys wide receivers from 2000-2002, propelling Joey Galloway and Raghib Ismail to become the first pair of Cowboys receivers to have more than 50 catches in the same season (2001) since 1985.

Chandler also coached seven years in NFL Europe, leading his teams to the World Bowl three times. He was also the wide receivers coach for Central Florida during quarterback Daunte Culpepper's freshman year there.

During his playing career, Chandler had 559 receptions for 8,966 yards. He made the Pro Bowl four times, three while part of the Air Coryell attack of the San Diego Chargers. He played three seasons for New Orleans, which drafted him with the third overall pick in 1978.

"He has a tremendous passion for winning," head coach Mike Tice said.

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