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Coach Jerry Gray not returning to the Vikings

The exodus continues

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UPDATE: It appears that I misinterpreted a tweet from Andrew Krammer that mentioned wide receivers coach Drew Petzing as one of the coaches that would not be coming back. I took the tweet to mean that he would be going to Cleveland, and as such had been relieved of his duties with the Vikings. To clarify, Drew Petzing is still the wide receivers coach for the Minnesota Vikings. My apologies to Coach Petzing and to everyone else for the error. -Chris

With both coordinators already on their way out, today we’ve learned that two more members of the Minnesota Vikings’ coaching staff will not be back with the team in 2020.

Jerry Gray, who has coached the Vikings’ defensive backs throughout the Mike Zimmer era, has been told that he will not be returning this season. Gray has been a coach in the National Football League since 1999, and has played a significant role in the development of the Vikings’ defensive backs since he joined Zimmer in Minnesota in 2014. His name had been bandied about as a potential replacement for George Edwards as the team’s Defensive Coordinator, but now it would not be surprising if he’s one of the many that ends up following Kevin Stefanski to be part of his staff with the Cleveland Browns.

There were plenty of folks out there that wanted to see some change in Minnesota after their season ended on Saturday. Whether anyone likes it or not, it appears that change is exactly what we’re going to get.