Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.


Report: Falcons denied interview to Vikings' OL coach

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion under Vikings, Leslie Frazier, Leslie Frazier Updated: January 2, 2014 - 2:30 PM

Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson was denied permission to interview with the Falcons, according to Fox Sports.

General manager Rick Spielman said during Monday’s press conference assistant coaches would need written permission to speak to other teams since they’re all still under contract.

Davidson, 46, just finished his third season with the Vikings. He has previously spent time on staff with the Patriots, Browns and Panthers for 14 years before joining former head coach Leslie Frazier’s staff.

Davidson was a teammate of Spielman’s brother, Chris, while at Ohio State.

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