Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that the Atlanta Falcons were denied permission by the Minnesota Vikings to interview Jeff Davidson for the former team’s vacant offensive line coach position. The Falcons dismissed their two offensive line coaches earlier this week. Davidson has served as the Vikings offensive line coach since 2011.
Davidson is familiar to the Falcons, having served as the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers prior to his arrival in Minnesota. He served in that capacity in Carolina under head coach John Fox for four seasons (2007-10), but joined the Vikings after Fox’s dismissal in 2011. Prior to becoming the Panthers offensive coordinator, he served that role with the Cleveland Browns in 2006. He replaced Maurice Carthon midway through that season. Prior to that, he coached the Browns offensive line since 2005. Davidson’s previous experience was with the New England Patriots (1997-2004) as tight ends and offensive line coach and the New Orleans Saints (1995-96) as an offensive assistant.