Vikings Add Three More Coaches

The Vikings added three more coaches to their 2006 staff, which is considerably larger than the coaches the team had when Red McCombs was owner.

There were certain cost-cutting measures that former Vikings owner Red McCombs put in place to maximize his profits. Among them was making Mike Tice the lowest paid head coach in the NFL and forcing others to double up duties -- like making Steve Loney serve as both offensive coordinator and offensive line coach (with mixed results).

Under the Zygi Wilf ownership group, that has clearly changed. Brad Childress added three more coaches to the staff late this week with little in the way of fanfare.

The team signed Chad O'Shea to serve as the team's assistant special teams coach. O'Shea spent the last two years as assistant special teams coach with the Chiefs, learning at the feet of special teams guru Frank Gansz. He spent the previous six years coaching in the college game -- three each with the University of Houston and Southern Mississippi Univerity.

The second new coach is quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers, who has 27 years of coaching experience. He spent the last four seasons at Virginia Tech, where he helped develop troubled QB Marcus Vick. Prior to that, he was QB coach from 1999-2001 at Notre Dame and 1991-98 at Syracuse, where he helped develop Donovan McNabb.

Finally, the team added Martin Streight as its new assistant strength and conditioning coach. Streight spent the last couple of years coaching in NFL Europe, but has NFL expeirence in the same capacity he'll have with the Vikings with both the Cardinals and Eagles.

The Vikings have built up a solid coaching staff of men with a wealth of experience -- yet another sign that the Wilfs intend to make good on their pledge to make the Vikings better from the inside out.

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