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Updated: January 19th, 2012 8:16am
Vikings to bring back Brendan Daly to coach defensive line

Vikings to bring back Brendan Daly to coach defensive line

by Judd Zulgad
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The Minnesota Vikings' shakeup of their defensive coaching staff has resulted in only one firing.

Karl Dunbar was let go after six seasons coaching the line. It appears he is about to be replaced.

Brendan Daly, who served as the Vikings' assistant defensive line coach from 2006 to 2008, will be brought back to coach that position group, according to an NFL source.

Daly left the Vikings in 2009 to coach the St. Louis Rams defensive line and remained in that job until Steve Spagnuolo was fired after this past season. The Rams went 2-14 in 2011.

While Daly was with the Vikings, the team became the first in NFL history to lead the league in rushing defense three years in a row (2006-2008). Daly worked with Pro Bowl end Jared Allen and tackle Kevin Williams. That familiarity should help ease his transition back to Minnesota.

Daly got into coaching in 1997 at the high school level in Florida and then had several college stops before being hired for his first NFL job in 2006 by former Vikings coach Brad Childress.

Daly's hiring is a bit of a surprise because it was thought that Leslie Frazier's first choice to coach the line was Diron Reynolds, who took over for Daly and assisted Dunbar for the past three seasons.

It's not clear if Reynolds will remain on the Vikings staff.

With the Vikings coaches getting set to lead the North team in the Senior Bowl, the Vikings have offered their defensive coordinator position to Alan Williams. Fred Pagac, who had been defensive coordinator, is expected to return to coaching the linebackers and share that role with Mike Singletary.

Singletary, who served as the Vikings' lone linebackers coach in 2011, will have an increased role in assisting Frazier. Williams has been the defensive backs coach for Indianapolis. The Colts fired head coach Jim Caldwell this week.

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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