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Jan 18

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Brian Murphy: Carolina Panther

Brian Murphy spent 5 years with the Vikings. The first 3 years, he was an assistant coach. In 2009 he was named the Special Teams coordinator. The most obvious improvement in special teams during his tenure was Chris Kluwe’s performance as a punter. Also notable were performances by Heath Farwell, including a Pro Bowl nod, and kick returner Percy Harvin.

While 2009 was a tremendous year for the Vikings’ special teams, 2010 was less stellar in terms of stopping lengthy punt and kick returns (Devin Hester anyone?). Kluwe and Longwell remained strong performers, however.

Several times during the 2010 season I said that the Vikings needed to make a change at the Special Teams Coordinator position. This particular change was initiated by Murphy himself after Head Coach Leslie Frazier informed him that he was free to pursue other opportunities.

At the time of this posting, the Vikings are currently pursuing Mike Priefer, former Special Teams Coordinator for the Denver Broncos. More to come as Coach Frazier continues to overhaul his coaching staff.

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