Murphy expected to get coordinator status

Assistant special teams coach Brian Murphy is expected to be named special teams coordinator for the Vikings in the near future.

As expected, the Vikings will announce that Brian Murphy is the team's new special teams coordinator, according to sources cited by the Star Tribune.

Murphy, who was the assistant special teams coach during the three years of the Brad Childress era, is expected to replace Paul Ferraro. Last month, new Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo tabbed Ferraro as his new linebackers coach and the promotion for Murphy was rumored almost immediately.

The Vikings special teams were dismal in 2008, allowing an NFL-record seven touchdowns. Despite that, Childress never indicated that Ferraro's hob was in danger. But that changed when he accepted the job with Spagnuolo's staff in St. Louis.

Murphy spent 14 years coaching at the collegiate level before joining Childress and the Vikings. One of his jobs was as an assistant recruiting coordinator at the University of Wisconsin at the same time Childress was on the staff, during Murphy's first stint there and Childress' only span with the Badgers.

Murphy played defensive line at Lehigh University from 1988-91 before starting his coaching career at Benedictine University in 1992 as the defensive line coach. He spent four seasons at Wisconsin (1993-96) as the assistant recruiting coordinator, then one year each at Baylor assisting with the defensive backs, another year as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the University of San Diego and back to Lehigh as the defensive line coach and strength and conditioning coordinator. He rejoined the Wisconsin staff as an administrative assistant in 2000 and was there until Childress hired him in 2006.

The announcement of Murphy's promotion is expected to be made official in the near future.

TUESDAY NOTES

  • The Rams announced Monday what had been reported late last week: that Vikings assistant defensive line coach Brendan Daly has accepted the defensive line coaching position with St. Louis.

  • Speaking of the Rams, they are rumored to have an interest in soon-to-be free-agent center Matt Birk.

  • Despite counter-speculation as to how much time he will be given to decide his 2009 future, word is coming out of New York that the Jets want to know Brett Favre's plans by the start of the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb. 18.

  • Add Chris Mortensen of ESPN to those speculating that Favre will play for the Vikings in 2009 if he doesn't retire.

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