Darrell Bevell, Offensive Coordinator: Bevell will be in his seventh NFL season in 2006 after spending 2000-05 with Green Bay, spending 2003-05 as quarterbacks coach.
During Bevell's tenure with the Packers he was 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. While tutoring QBs in Green Bay, Bevell worked with future Hall of Famer Brett Favre. From 2003-05, Favre led the NFL with 1,026 completions, ranked second with 82 TD passes and was fourth in the league with 11,330 yards. The 2004 Packers set a team record with 4,449 net yards passing, breaking an 11-year-old mark. 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 Vikings head coach Brad Childress. The highlight of his Badgers career came as a sophomore when he guided the team to a share of the Big Ten title, a 10-1-1 record and the 1994 Rose Bowl championship. The conference crown was the first for Wisconsin since 1962. A four-year starter for the Badgers, Bevell left the school as the all-time passing leader with 19 school records and a pair of Big Ten marks.
Bevell began coaching at Westmar University before moving to Iowa State and Connecticut. He started with the Packers in 2000 under Mike Sherman, working as an offensive assistant/quality control. He was promoted to offensive assistant in 2002 and then to quarterbacks coach in 2003.
Eric Bieniemy, Running Backs: Bieniemy came to the Vikings from UCLA, where he has coached the Bruins backs for the past three seasons. Bieniemy helped Maurice Drew run into the record books as only the 10th player in school history to eclipse 1,000 yards in a season with 1,007 in 2004. In 2005 Drew was a first-team All-America punt returner, first-team All-Pac 10 return man and earned second-team All-Pac 10 at RB. Drew was one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award and a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and holds the school record for all-purpose yards.
A standout player himself, Bieniemy finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting as a senior at Colorado in 1990. A consensus All-America as a senior, Bieniemy was a second-round NFL Draft pick by San Diego in 1991 and went on to play nine NFL seasons for San Diego (1991-94), Cincinnati (1995-98) and Philadelphia (1999).
"Eric Bieniemy was a great player in college and had a very good career at the NFL level," Childress said. "We had him in the last year of his career at Philadelphia. He was a great team leader and a great special teams guy. He has turned into one of the premier running backs coaches at the collegiate level. Having those skills, having played in this league and knowing what it takes to excel in the NFL is key to being able to teach what it takes to play in this league."
Jim Hueber, Assistant Offensive Line: Jim Hueber will serve as assistant offensive line coach, a position he is familiar with after working with the linemen at Wisconsin for the past 10 seasons. No stranger to Minnesota, Hueber worked 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 former Badgers pupil Bevell, the Vikings' offensive coordinator. In 1993, the duo helped bring Wisconsin its first Big Ten title since 1962 and Hueber has helped guide the Badgers to conference crowns in 1993, '98 and '99. Hueber is a 1971 graduate of the University of South Dakota.
Jimmie Johnson, Tight Ends: Jimmie Johnson will coach the Vikings' TEs, 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.
Johnson 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.
Pat Morris, Offensive Line: Pat Morris will coach the Vikings offensive line, a position he is familiar with, having worked the past nine NFL seasons tutoring linemen. Morris spent 2004 and '05 with the Detroit Lions coaching their line 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.
Darrell Wyatt, Wide Receivers: On the same day the Vikings announced the hiring of offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, they also hired Darrell Wyatt to coach wide receivers, the same position he has held 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. Wyatt oversaw three Sooners WRs who were first-day draft picks in 2005 — Clayton, Mark Bradley (2nd round, Chicago) and Brandon Jones (3rd 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 Wildcats 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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