On Saturday morning, following the first practice of Minnesota Vikings Training Camp, Mike Zimmer announced that the team has decided on a replacement for the late Tony Sparano to coach the Vikings’ offensive linemen.
Or, rather, replacements.
Zimmer said that the team has made Clancy Barone and Andrew Janocko co-offensive line coaches. Barone was the team’s tight ends coach, and Janocko was Sparano’s assistant coach for the offensive line. Current offensive assistant Todd Downing will move to Barone’s spot as the tight ends coach.
Prior to coming to Minnesota, Barone spent eight seasons with the Denver Broncos, bouncing back and forth between the positions of tight ends coach and offensive line coach. He was the offensive line coach for the Broncos in 2015, the year that they defeated the Carolina Panthers to win Super Bowl L.
Janocko has been with the Vikings since 2015, and this is his second season coaching the offensive linemen for the Vikings. He also has experience running scout team meetings, as well as coaching the scout team during practice.
We’ll have more coming your way from Vikings’ Training Camp later on today, but we now know who will be attempting to place Tony Sparano and trying to continue to the rebuilding of the Vikings offensive line.