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.