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The Minnesota Vikings named Chris Kuper (pronounced coo-pur) offensive line coach on Feb. 17, 2022. Kuper, who played eight years in the NFL, joins the Vikings staff after spending the past three seasons as the assistant offensive line coach with the Denver Broncos.
Kuper worked under long-time offensive line coach Mike Munchak while in Denver, helping the Broncos offensive line give their quarterbacks the fourth-most time to throw (2.91 seconds) in the NFL, despite being blitzed on 26.9% of their dropbacks, the 13th-most in the NFL in 2021. The Broncos offensive line also blocked for two 900-plus yard rushers, RBs Melvin Gordon III (918) and Javonte Williams (903), the first running back duo since Houston Texans RBs Arian Foster (1,224) and Ben Tate (942) in 2011 to accomplish this feat.
In 2020, Kuper coached Associated Press Second-Team All-Pro T Garett Bolles and assisted the Broncos offensive line in being ranked 13th in the NFL in sacks allowed (32). Kuper coached rookie third-round (83rd overall) C Lloyd Cushenberry III in 2020, one of two rookies (T Tristian Wirfs, Tampa Bay) in the NFL to play 100% of their team's offensive snaps.