Since the end of the regular season, fans of the Minnesota Vikings have been waiting for the team to finish filling out their coaching staff. While they had made announcements about a few of the spots over the past few weeks, they had not yet formally named an Offensive Line coach.
Thankfully, the team remedied that on Friday, making a formal announcement of their entire coaching staff.
As has been suspected since the naming of Gary Kubiak as an offensive advisor, the Vikings have hired Rick Dennison as their offensive line coach and run game coordinator. Andrew Janocko, who was named as a co-offensive line coach last season following the passing of Tony Sparano, remains as an offensive line assistant. Clancy Barone, the other co-offensive line coach from last season, is no longer on the staff.
Dennison and Kubiak have extensive experience together. As players, they were teammates with the Denver Broncos from 1983 to 1990. They also worked together on the Broncos’ coaching staff from 1995 to 2002, and Dennison was Kubiak’s offensive coordinator when Kubiak coached the Houston Texans from 2010 to 2013. After Kubiak left Houston, they had another stint in Denver together in 2015 and 2016, during which the Broncos won Super Bowl L.
So, the Minnesota Vikings finally have a full coaching staff, just in time for the pre-draft scouting season to get into full swing.