When the Minnesota Vikings take the field after a long offseason that just started a few weeks ago, they will probably look very different on the offensive side of the ball. Not just on the field, but on the sidelines as well.
The turnover on the offensive coaching staff continued with news early Monday morning that George Stewart is leaving the Vikings for Los Angeles.
Stewart had been with the Vikings as wide receivers coach for the past ten seasons. He was the longest tenured coach on the staff. Stewart oversaw the flourishing careers of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, who both flirted with the 1,000-yard milestone in 2016. He also helped rejuvenate the career of Cordarrelle Patterson. “Coach Stew” was a favorite of Vikings players throughout his tenure in Minnesota thanks to his unique mix of football know-how (his coaching career spans back to the Chuck Noll Pittsburgh Steelers) and entertaining charisma (you could often hear Stewart reciting verses from popular rap songs to his players at Training Camp in Mankato).
The coach that succeeds Stewart will have his share of talent to work with, but will also need to figure out a way to get the most out of 2016 first round pick Laquon Treadwell, who had an extremely forgettable rookie campaign.
Best of luck to Coach Stewart in the next chapter of his career as Chargers Special Teams Coordinator.