Vikes Hire New WR Coach

The Vikings made their first coaching change since the end of the 2006 season, adding a new wide receivers coach in hopes of turning around what wound up to be the team's weakest position in 2006.

The Vikings made their first coaching change of the offseason, replacing wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt with George Stewart.

Stewart spent the last four years coaching wide receivers with the Falcons and was let go when Jim Mora and his coaching staff were fired at the end of the season. Prior to that, he spent three years in the same position with the 49ers. In all, Stewart has 24 years of coaching experience, including 19 in the NFL, and was part of playoff teams with the Niners, Falcons and the Steelers.

Stewart and head coach Brad Childress have something in common, since both coached wide receiver Terrell Owens. When Stewart had Owens with the 49ers, he averaged almost 100 receptions per season. When Childress had Owens, the Eagles made a Super Bowl appearance in their first season together.

The hiring also brings a return to Minnesota for Stewart, who was the offensive line coach for the Golden Gophers under then-coach Lou Holtz. When Holtz received a sweetheart deal to leave Minnesota and join the Notre Dame coaching staff, Stewart followed – coaching linebackers – and was a part of the 1988 national championship team for the Fighting Irish that went undefeated.

The Vikings wide receiver corps were a mess in 2006, prompting the change. Thusfar, Stewart has been the only new coach hired by the Vikings following their 6-10 season in 2006.

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