Bevell Headlines Six New Vikings Coaches

The Vikings named six new coaches Thursday, introducing Darrell Bevell as their offensive coordinator, along with five assistant coaches.

After naming Darrell Bevell their offensive coordinator Thursday, the Vikings added five more assistants to their staff – Jim Hueber as assistant offensive line coach, Jimmie Johnson as tight ends coach, Pat Morris as offensive line coach, Brian Murphy as assistant special teams coach and Darrell Wyatt as receivers coach.

Bevell will be in his seventh NFL season in 2006 after spending 2000-05 with Green Bay, the last as their quarterbacks coach. During Bevell's tenure with the Packers he has been a part of teams that went 57-39 in regular-season action and advanced to the playoffs in four straight seasons from 2001-04. The Packers won the NFC North title in three straight seasons from 2002-04.

Green Bay ranked fourth and third in the NFL in offense in 2003 and 2004, respectively. The Packers ranked second in NFL history by throwing a TD pass in 41 straight games between 2002-04, trailing the league record of
49 set by the 1956-60 Baltimore Colts.

Bevell played his collegiate football at Wisconsin under Childress, leading the Badgers to a 10-1-1 record and the 1994 Rose Bowl championship as a sophomore.

Bevell began coaching at Westmar University before moving to Iowa State and Connecticut.

Hueber worked with the linemen at Wisconsin for the past 10 seasons and was on the Golden Gophers staff from 1984-91. Over the course of his career, Hueber has had more than 25 players earn spots on NFL rosters, including first-round picks Aaron Gibson and Chris McIntosh. Entering his 33rd season of coaching in 2006, Hueber will work closely with Bevell. Hueber helped guide the Badgers to conference crowns in 1993, '98 and '99.

Johnson will coach the tight ends an area he has 10 years of NFL experience in as a player. A 1989 draft choice of the Washington Redskins out of Howard University, Johnson played on the 1991 Super Bowl championship team. Johnson played from 1989-91 in Washington, 1992-93 with Detroit, 1994 in Kansas City and finished his career from 1995-98 with Philadelphia. Johnson played in 118 NFL games with 33 starts in his career. He comes to the Vikings after two seasons as offensive coordinator at Texas Southern University after serving as offensive coordinator at Shaw University in 2002 and '03 and working at South Carolina State in 2001. Johnson has served in the NFL's minority coaching fellowship program with Detroit, Philadelphia and Washington.

Morris worked the past nine NFL seasons tutoring offensive linemen, including 2004 and '05 with the Detroit Lions after spending 1997-03 with the San Francisco 49ers, where he worked with the offensive line. While in San Francisco, Morris guided G Kevin Gogan (1998), G Ray Brown (2002), C Jeremy Newberry (2002-03) and G Ron Stone (2003) to the Pro Bowl. Morris began his coaching career in 1976 as a graduate assistant at USC, his alma mater. Morris played in a pair of Rose Bowl wins (1973, 1975) and coached in three more – 1977 and 1985 with USC and 1988 with Michigan State. As a player, Morris was a part of a pair of national championships with USC.

Murphy worked with the Wisconsin special teams and outside linebackers. During his tenure with the Badgers, Murphy oversaw the career punt return yardage leader in Wisconsin history in Jim Leonhard (1,347) and career kickoff return yards leader in Brandon Williams (2,349). In 2005, Williams returned a pair of punts for TDs to tie a school record and ended his career ranked second in Big Ten history for kickoff return yards. The 2005 Badgers featured P Kenny DeBauche, a first-eam All-Big Ten honoree and the single-season school record holder in punting average. Murphy has coached since 1992 with stops at Benedictine (Ill.), Wisconsin, Baylor, San Diego and Lehigh.

Wyatt has coached wide receivers since 2002 at
the University of Oklahoma. Wyatt tutored Sooners all-time leading receiver Mark Clayton, a two-time All-America and a first-round pick in 2005 by the Baltimore Ravens. He oversaw three Sooners WRs who were first-day draft picks in 2005 – Clayton, Mark Bradley (second round, Chicago) and Brandon Jones (third round, Tennessee). At Oklahoma State, Wyatt worked with Rashaun Woods, a first-round pick by San Francisco and at Wyoming tutored All-America and Biletnikoff Award winner Marcus Harris. Wyatt played collegiately as a WR at Kansas State and also excelled on the Wildcat track and field team. He has served four NFL minority coaching fellowships, working with Tampa Bay in 1996, Denver in ‘97 and '98 and Philadelphia in 2005.

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