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Minnesota Vikings name two coaches to replace late Tony Sparano

In another move, senior offensive assistant Todd Downing has been promoted to tight ends coach. Downing was the Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator in 2017.


Reuters Last Updated at 28 Jul 2018, 23:07 IST United States

The Minnesota Vikings on Saturday named Clancy Barone and Andrew Janocko as co-offensive line coaches following the death of Tony Sparano.

Barone previously coached the offensive line in Denver and worked with the Vikings tight ends last season. Janocko was Sparano's assistant offensive line coach.

Coach Mike Zimmer cited the need for continuity as an influence on his choice to stay in-house with his choices.

"It was important," Zimmer said. "For the last two years we've worked really hard on the footwork, techniques, and schemes that we were running, so I felt like it was important that we continued to do that regardless of whatever we decided to do.

I didn't want to change the players' terminology or footwork or any of that stuff."

In another move, senior offensive assistant Todd Downing has been promoted to tight ends coach. Downing was the Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator in 2017.

"Guys who have been through the war, they're not afraid to voice their opinion or come in here and they'll give ideas and they'll go to work," Zimmer said. "Todd's a great young coach. He's very respectful. He understands where he's at and what he's trying to do and trying to help us win."

Sparano passed away unexpectedly Sunday at age 56 of a heart-related issue. Minnesota canceled practice Friday, when veteran players were scheduled to report, for the team to attend his funeral.

The team will have its first full practice Saturday afternoon.

"Obviously they all feel bad for Tony. They all loved him," Zimmer said. "But they understand that we have to move forward, we have to go on and really these guys are professionals.

They understand that things happen. This isn't the first time that something has happened to us here, so we're used to overcoming adversity and that's what we're going to continue to do."

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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