Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
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Mike Priefer departs as Vikings' special teams coordinator, will join Browns

Mike Priefer departs as Vikings' special teams coordinator, will join Browns

Priefer comes to the Browns after a rough 2018 for the Vikings' special teams units, as they finished 2018 dead last in field goal percentage, making just 68.8 percent of its attempts.

Mike Priefer's eight-year run as the Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator is over.

Steve Wilks was one-and-done as a head coach in Arizona.

As of Friday afternoon, the Browns still had not officially announced Freddie Kitchens as head coach.

Kitchens has agreed to become Cleveland's new coach, but he still hasn't finalized his contract. "I am excited to work with Coach Kitchens, John Dorsey and the entire Browns organization".


Priefer had been in charge of special teams with the Vikings since 2011. Priefer denied the allegations and participated in sensitivity training after an independent investigation found enough cause to suspend him.

The Giants went on to interview Spagnuolo for the permanent head coaching job, but he was ultimately passed over in favor of Pat Shurmur.

Meanwhile the search for offensive coordinator continues.

Under Wilks and defensive coordinator Al Holcomb, the Cardinals had the worst rushing defense per game (154.9), which negated any good things they did by allowing the fourth-fewest passing yards per game (203.9).

The Browns remain silent regarding the coordinator and head coach situation and there is no timetable for any formal announcements.

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