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Updated: January 7th, 2012 3:22pm
Steve Spagnuolo among candidates to be Vikings' defensive coordinator

Steve Spagnuolo among candidates to be Vikings' defensive coordinator

by Judd Zulgad
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The Minnesota Vikings interviewed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris to be their defensive coordinator on Friday.

On Saturday, three more names surfaced as candidates for a job that, at least for now, is still held by Fred Pagac.

CBS Sports' website reported that former St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo; interim Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mel Tucker; and Vikings linebackers coach and assistant head coach Mike Singletary are lined up to interview for the coordinator's spot.

Spagnuolo could be the front-runner, according to the CBS report, but the veteran coach also might have other opportunities. Spagnuolo, a former linebackers and defensive backs coach for Philadelphia and defensive coordinator for the New York Giants, could end up back with the Eagles.

Spagnuolo, who is good friends with former Vikings coach Brad Childress, was fired by the Rams following a 2-14 finish in his third season on the job in 2011.

Tucker went from defensive coordinator in Jacksonville to interim head coach this season when Jack Del Rio was fired.

The Vikings defense finished 21st overall under Pagac, including 26th against the pass and 11th against the run.

Frazier and Pagac were not on the same page as far as how the defense should be run and Frazier took over calling the defensive signals at times. Pagac wanted to be more aggressive and Frazier wanted to stick with the principles of the Cover-2, Tampa2- system.

There has been talk of the Vikings going to a 3-4 defense and that could happen if Tucker gets the job. He has a background in both the 4-3 and the 3-4. Spagnuolo runs a 4-3, but does not use the Tampa-2 system that Frazier favors.

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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