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Sparano, Flaherty To Interview For Vikings' Offensive Line Coach Job

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We're approximately 24 hours removed from the news that Minnesota Vikings' offensive line coach Jeff Davidson had been relieved of his duties. The process appears to be moving fast and furious, with two coaches already lined up for interviews with the team.

The first, according to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, is Tony Sparano. Sparano was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2009 to 2011, and the offensive line coach for the Oakland Raiders in 2013 and the early portion of 2014. After the Raiders fired Dennis Allen four games into the 2014 season, Sparano was elevated to the interim head coach position. This past season, he served as the tight ends coach for the San Francisco 49ers under the now-fired Jim Tomsula. According to Marvez, Sparano is interviewing with the team today.

The other coach is former New York Giants' offensive line coach Pat Flaherty. Flaherty had been the offensive line coach for the Giants since 2004, one of only two Giants' coaches to remain with the team during Tom Coughlin's entire 12-year run on New York's sideline. Now that Coughlin is out in New York, Flaherty is free to move on as well. Flaherty has an interview scheduled with the team, but there isn't a firm date anywhere out there for it that I've seen.

With Sparano and Flaherty, along with former Dolphins' head coach Dan Campbell (who the team had inquired about prior to Adam Gase being named the head coach in Miami), the Vikings now have three different people that could potentially be viewed as candidates for the lone vacancy on their coaching staff at the present time. As more names are added to the search. . .or if someone gets hired. . .we will continue to keep you updated.