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Updated: February 13th, 2012 3:54pm
Jets hire former Vikings assistant Karl Dunbar to coach their d-line

Jets hire former Vikings assistant Karl Dunbar to coach their d-line

by Judd Zulgad
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Karl Dunbar wasn't out of work for long.

Fired as the Minnesota Vikings' defensive line coach after a 3-13 season, Dunbar has been hired to handle the same duties for the New York Jets.

Dunbar had spent six seasons with the Vikings and during that time the team gave up the fewest rushing yards in the NFL (8,141) and was sixth in sacks (242). The Vikings were No. 1 in rushing defense from 2006 to '08. That was the first time since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger that a team has ranked No. 1 against the run for three consecutive seasons.

The Vikings finished tied with Philadelphia for first in the NFL with 50 sacks this season, and right end Jared Allen had a franchise record 22 sacks. That came within a half-sack of tying Michael Strahan's regular-season record set in the 2001 season.

Brendan Daly, who served as the Vikings' assistant defensive line coach from 2006 to 2008, returned to the organization after Dunbar was fired and will take over as the line coach.

The Vikings also demoted Fred Pagac from his role as defensive coordinator after the season but he elected to accept an offer to remain with the team to coach the linebackers. Mike Singletary, who coached the linebackers last season, will assist Pagac and also continue to assist head coach Leslie Frazier.

The Vikings' new defensive coordinator is former Indianapolis Colts assistant Alan Williams.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Jared Allen, Leslie Frazier