Eden Prairie, MN (January 19, 2011) – The Minnesota Vikings have made the following additions to their 2011 coaching staff:
Bill Musgrave - Offensive Coordinator
Fred Pagac - Defensive Coordinator
Mike Priefer - Special Teams Coordinator
Mike Singletary - Special Assistant to the Head Coach/Linebackers Coach
Bill Musgrave joins the Vikings after helping lead the Atlanta Falcons to a 13-3 record and the NFC’s No. 1 seed in the 2010 playoffs. The Atlanta offense will be represented by five players in this years’ Pro Bowl. He has spent five seasons in Atlanta as the quarterbacks coach and was named Assistant Head Coach prior to the 2010 season. Musgrave is an 11-year NFL coaching veteran and spent six seasons as a backup QB in the NFL behind Joe Montana, Steve Young and John Elway. Musgrave helped Falcons’ QB Matt Ryan earn Rookie of the Year honors in 2008 and a Pro Bowl berth in 2010.
Fred Pagac (PUG-itch) takes the reigns as the defensive coordinator after serving five seasons as the Vikings linebackers coach. He has 10 years of coaching experience in the NFL in addition to 23 years of experience in the college ranks at his alma mater Ohio State. After finishing his playing career as a tight end with the Buckeyes, Pagac played two seasons in the NFL.
Mike Priefer (pre-fur) joins the Vikings organization after spending the past two seasons as the Denver Broncos’ special teams’ coordinator. A nine-year NFL veteran has seen his special teams units account for 12 scores on special teams (11 TDs, 1 safety) and 15 blocked kicks. Priefer’s father, Chuck, was a long-time special teams coach in the NFL working for 17 years with the Green Bay Packers, San Diego Chargers, and Detroit Lions.
Mike Singletary joins former Chicago Bears teammate Leslie Frazier after six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, including three seasons as the head coach. He has eight years of NFL coaching experience in addition to a Hall of Fame playing career as a linebacker with the Bears (1981-92). Singletary entered the coaching ranks in 2003 with the Baltimore Ravens.
Then on Thursday, Jan. 20, the Vikings made the following additions to their 2011 coaching staff:
Craig Johnson – Quarterbacks Coach
Jeff Davidson – Offensive Line Coach
Ryan Silverfield – Assistant Offensive Line Coach
Craig Johnson joins the Vikings after an 11-year stint with the Tennessee Titans. He was promoted to Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs before the 2010 season after eight years as the quarterbacks coach (2002-09). In Tennessee he has helped 3 different QBs earn Pro Bowl honors (Steve McNair, Kerry Collins and Vince Young). He has been a part of 5 playoff teams. Prior to working with the Titans, Johnson worked in the collegiate ranks for 17 years and he was a three-year letter winner playing quarterback at the University of Wyoming.
Jeff Davidson is a 16-year NFL coaching veteran, most recently as the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers since 2007. Davidson also spent time with the New Orleans Saints (1995-96), New England Patriots (1997-2004) and Cleveland Browns (2005-06). With the Patriots, Davidson was a member of 3 Super Bowl-winning teams. Davidson played college football at Ohio State and was a 5th-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 1990 where he started at LT and LG in 1991 and ’92.
Ryan Silverfield returns for a fourth season with the Vikings and has been named the assistant offensive line coach. Silverfield came to Minnesota in 2008 as an offensive/defensive assistant before spending the 2009-10 seasons working with the Vikings’ defensive line. Silverfield gained valuable experience at the University of Central Florida where he helped the school capture their first ever Conference USA crown in 2007. Before joining UCF, Silverfield served as the quarterbacks coach at Jacksonville University.