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Updated: January 15th, 2012 3:12pm
Report: Vikings formally relieve Fred Pagac of coordinator duties

Report: Vikings formally relieve Fred Pagac of coordinator duties

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Vikings apparently have finalized the move that's been expected for more than a month.

Fred Pagac was relieved of defensive coordinator duties on Friday and offered a job to return as linebackers coach, the Pioneer Press reported.

That offer means the Vikings intend to promote, reassign or fire assistant head coach/linebackers coach Mike Singletary, who is believed to have interviewed for the coordinator job but raised significant red flags in his lone season with the team.

The Vikings already have interviewed at least two candidates, Raheem Morris and Mel Tucker, who landed elsewhere and have shown interest in several others.

Pagac, 59, joined the Vikings as linebackers coach in 2006 under former coach Brad Childress and was promoted to coordinator on an interim basis after Childress' dismissal in November 2010. Coach Leslie Frazier removed the interim tag from Pagac's title in January, but the unit was plagued by dysfunction and finished 21st in total defense.

It's unclear if Pagac would seriously consider accepting the demotion. The only other member of the defensive staff known to have been let go is defensive line coach Karl Dunbar, who knew weeks before the season ended he wouldn't be back.

Frazier hasn't commented publicly since his postseason media conference on Jan. 3.

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In this story: Brad Childress, Leslie Frazier