Vikings decline comment on Ferraro

According to a report out of St. Louis, the Rams are interested in talking with Vikings special teams coordinator Paul Ferraro about coaching under Steve Spagnuolo.

Vikings coach Brad Childress on Wednesday afternoon declined to confirm or deny a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the Rams have asked for permission to talk with Vikings special teams coordinator Paul Ferraro, presumably about coaching the Rams' special teams.

"I'm not talking about that kind of business," Childress said Wednesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., where he and vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman talked in-depth about the process of scouting and interviewing players at the Senior Bowl.

The Star Tribune reported that the Vikings granted permission for the Rams to speak with Ferraro, according to a league source.

Ferraro joined the Vikings coaching staff, college scouts and front-office personnel in Mobile to evaluate approximately 90 of the seniors who will be in this year's draft.

The Rams hired New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo late last week as their new head coach, and Spagnuolo has since hired Ken Flajole as his new defensive coordinator and Pat Shurmur as the offensive coordinator.

"The next hire could be special teams, where the Rams appear to be zeroing in on Paul Ferraro, a college teammate of Spagnuolo's who has spent the past three seasons coaching special teams at Minnesota," the Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday morning. "The Rams have asked permission to interview Ferraro."

Ferraro was spotted in Mobile with the rest of the coaching staff early Wednesday morning. The Vikings staff is scheduled to fly back to Minnesota on Thursday morning. will have much more from a hectic week of interviews in Mobile throughout the coming days and weeks.

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