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Matt Daniels

Special Teams Coordinator

Biography

Matt Daniels enters his fifth season coaching in the NFL and first with the Vikings as special teams coordinator, after spending the past two seasons as the assistant special teams coach for the Dallas Cowboys. He brings six total seasons of coaching experience and eight years of playing experience, both collegiately and professionally, to Head Coach Kevin O'Connell's staff.

In 2021, Dallas' special teams unit, led by John Fassel and assisted by Daniels, finished in the top five for a consecutive year in kick return average (24.8). With Daniels' assistance, K Greg Zuerlein made 29 field goals, tying for the ninth-most in the NFL, on 35 attempts for a success rate of 82.9%. P Bryan Anger averaged 48.4 yards per punt, tying for fourth and ultimately earning him his first Pro Bowl honor. The special teams unit led the league in most special teams touchdowns, two of which were blocked punts and one where RB Tony Pollard returned a kick for 100 yards for a touchdown against Las Vegas in Week 12, the first return for a touchdown in his career.

Following the 2021 season, Rick Gosselin ranked the Dallas special teams sixth overall, averaging fifth in kick returns (24.8) and fourth (48.4) in punting.

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