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Updated: January 19th, 2011 5:55pm
Vikings confirm Fred Pagac's promotion, hirings of Priefer, Singletary

Vikings confirm Fred Pagac's promotion, hirings of Priefer, Singletary

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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In addition to announcing the hiring of offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday afternoon confirmed three other significant moves on coach Leslie Frazier's staff.

Fred Pagac, the Vikings' linebackers coach since 2006, has been promoted to defensive coordinator -- the first time he's held that title in more than a decade as an NFL assistant.

Mike Priefer, formerly the special-teams coordinator in Kansas City and Denver, has been hired as special-teams coordinator. And former San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary has been hired as special assistant to the head coach/linebackers coach.

Frazier was scheduled to hold a media conference at 10:30 a.m. Thursday to discuss the hirings. The team distributed quotes from the new, and newly positioned, coaches in a media release.

Fred Pagac

"I'm very excited for the opportunity and I think we can get on the right track quickly. I'm excited about our players and staff and think that keeping continuity is very important. It helps everyone involved, the players and coaches both. The players know us, what our expectations are and we have a staff that works well together."

Mike Priefer

On joining the Vikings: "I'm honored to come to the Minnesota Vikings organization and to work with Coach Frazier. I'm excited to work with the rest of the coaching staff, players and the entire organization. It is a great opportunity for me and I know my family is excited about getting up there and I'm ready to help us win a championship."

On current special teams players: "The punting situation is outstanding. We have a great snapper in Cullen Loeffler and have had a great kicker in Ryan Longwell over the years. I have kind of been envious of the core special teams guys here in Minnesota. We had some good players in Denver but I know there are some outstanding players there in Minnesota and I look forward to working with them."

On scoring on special teams and his style of play: "I have put more of an emphasis on the coverage units. We did a lot of good things in Denver the past couple of years but the scoring (on special teams) has a lot to do with the guys that we have on the units and obviously on the returner. If you have a good returner you have a great opportunity to score or at least give your offense great field position every single time you go out there. That is going to be a big thing working with Percy Harvin, Lorenzo Booker and Greg Camarillo. For me I like to emphasize; toughness, discipline, enthusiasm and effort. Those are the four core words that I use when I talk about special teams play."

On playing at Mall of America Field: "I'm very excited to play at Mall of America Field, especially late in the year. Having a domed stadium is a definite advantage I think for both teams. You have to look at it as a kicking advantage for your guys that do that every week. Also you have to understand that the people coming in are going to change what they do slightly. I've always had a little bit of a different game plan when playing indoors."

Mike Singletary

"It's a great honor and a tremendous opportunity that I would have a chance to coach with Leslie. He's a quality coach and I know that to be a part of something that he's doing is special. When I look at what they have put together as an organization they have a lot of the pieces in place to do some special things. I'm excited to come there and be a part of that and help take it to the next level."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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