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Falcons Denied Permission to Interview Vikings OL Coach

January 2nd, 2014

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.

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  1. January 6th, 2014 at 06:49 | #1

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  2. Jim Love
    January 6th, 2014 at 10:33 | #2

    That seems odd to me. Are the Vikings trying to hold Davidson against his will? Isn’t it courtesy to allow one of their coaches to speak with another team now that the season has ended and their head coach was fired?

  3. January 9th, 2014 at 18:14 | #3

    I wish I had a good answer for you Jim. It seems odd to me too. Technically it is their right to do so since he’s under contract, and I assume Vikings want whoever their new coach is to have the option to choosing his assistants from Frazier’s leftovers.

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