It's official. The Vikings will announce Mike Tomlin as their new defensive coordinator at a 2:30 p.m. press conference Tuesday.
Tomlin is the first hire for new head coach Brad Childress, who is interested in installing in the Tampa-2 defense that Tomlin has been part of for the last five seasons as the Bucs secondary coach.
Tomlin, 33, was a wide receiver at William and Mary from 1992-94 before becoming the wide receivers coach at Virginia Military Institute in 1995. After spending a season as a graduate assistant at Memphis, Tomlin moved on to become wide receivers coach at Arkansas State in 1997, then spent the next season as its defensive backs coach.
From 1999-2000, Tomlin was the defensive backs coach at the University of Cincinnati before joining the Tampa Bay Bucs in 2001, where he has been their defensive backs coach ever since.
In Tomlin's five years in Tampa, the Bucs have finished with a top-five defense four times, including the league's top-rated defense in 2005, sixth against the pass. The Bucs defense also ranked first in yardage in 2002 and 2004. The Bucs have the longest current streak in the league with nine consecutive seasons with a top-10 defense.
In 2004, the Bucs were first in pass defense, allowing only 123.3 yards per game. He coached the top-ranked pass defense in 2002, when the Bucs surrendered 155,6 yards per game in the air and had 31 interceptions. That same year, the Bucs limited opposing QBs to only 10 TDs and a passer rating of 48.4.
In Super Bowl XXXVII, Tomlin's secondary recorded four out of the five interceptions by Tampa Bay, including two that were returned for touchdowns.
Tomlin Hiring Official
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