Eden Prairie, MN (January 19, 2012)–The Vikings have named Alan Williams as Defensive Coordinator and Brendan Daly as defensive line coach. Williams comes to the Vikings after 10 seasons with Indianapolis, where he coached defensive backs and Daly returns to the Vikings where he coached from 2006-08 before moving to St. Louis as the Rams defensive line coach from 2009-11.
“Alan and Brendan have both proved themselves as quality coaches in our League,” said Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier. “I had the chance to work directly with both men and can’t say enough about their character, work ethic and ability to connect with players and push them to be their best.”
Williams and Frazier coached defense together with Indianapolis in 2005-06 and were part of the Colts Super Bowl XLI victory over Chicago. Williams enters his 12th season on an NFL sideline with 10 playoff berths in his previous 11 seasons, seven Division titles and two Super Bowl appearances on his resume. Williams has been a part of teams that went 120-56 in his 11 seasons. Williams’ coaching highlights include guiding Antoine Bethea and Bob Sanders to multiple Pro Bowl seasons and Sanders winning the 2007 AP Defensive Player of the Year award.
Daly served on the Vikings staff from 2006-08, assisting with the defensive line. In St. Louis, Daly tutored the defensive line and helped former 1st-round pick Chris Long fulfill his potential, ending 2011 with a career-best 16.0 sacks to rank seventh in the NFL and fourth in the NFL among defensive ends. Long was tabbed as a Pro Bowl alternate for his 2011 performance and marked the second straight season a Rams defensive end notched double-digit sacks, following James Hall’s 10.5 in 2010. The Rams line generated pressure on opponents, notching 82.0 sacks from 2010-11, the sixth-best total in the NFL over that span.