The poor performance of the Vikings’ offensive line has cost offensive line coach Jeff Davidson his job.
Toward the end of his season-ending press conference today, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was asked if he expected to have all of his coaches return next season.
“I do not,” he said.
Asked to elaborate, Zimmer was to the point.
“I’ve not renewed the offensive line coach’s contract,” he said.
Asked if assistant line coach Hank Fraley was a possibility, Zimmer said, “Everybody is a possibility.”
When asked to elaborate on his decision, Zimmer was even more brief and to the point.
“I didn’t want to,” he said.
Davidson just finished his 25th season of coaching, the past five with the Vikings. But the line never jelled and was a weakness throughout the past two seasons under Zimmer.
Meanwhile, Zimmer said he expects offensive coordinator Norv Turner will return next season.
In other news, Zimmer said only a few players will have offseason surgery. Those he mentioned were nose tackle Linval Joseph (toe), receiver Adam Thielen (shoulder) and possibly Everson Griffen, who played with a shoulder injury late in the season. Zimmer said Griffen’s surgery might have to wait if Griffen ends up making the Pro Bowl as an alternate.