Friday, January 21, 2011

Minnesota Vikings Hire Jeff Davidson To Coach Offensive Line

over 1 year ago: Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox, left, and offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson, right, look on during the NFL football team's summer session in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, June 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

By Christopher Gates

January 20, 2011

I missed this move with the Johnson hiring, but the Vikings are continuing to add to their coaching staff.

The Vikings have now added former Carolina Panthers' offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson to the staff as their new offensive line coach, according to 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis. Davidson played his college ball as an offensive guard for the. . .dramatic pause. . .Ohio State University from 1986 to 1989, and was All Big-Ten as a senior. In fact, Jeff and his father Jim who also attended Ohio State and was an All-American tackle in 1964, were the first father-son captain duo in Buckeye history.

He spent five years in the NFL, four with the Denver Broncos, who selected him in the fifth round of the 1990 NFL Draft, and one with the New Orleans Saints. After that, he coached with the Saints as a volunteer assistant in 1995, and an offensive assistant in 1996. He was hired by the New England Patriots as their tight ends coach in 1997, and from 1998 to 2004 also served as an assistant offensive line coach. In 2005, he followed Romeo Crennel to Cleveland as their offensive line coach, and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2006 after then-coordinator Maurice Carthon was fired from that position.

In 2007, he moved on to the Carolina Panthers as the team's offensive coordinator, and has been there until today, when he joined the Minnesota Vikings.

Welcome to Minnesota, Coach Davidson. Now the Vikings have filled out just about their entire staff, and can really start the move towards 2011.

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