Vikings dump OL coach Jeff Davidson
The Minnesota Vikings will feature a slightly different coaching staff in 2016, as offensive line coach Jeff Davidson will not have his contract renewed.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer announced the news of Davidson's departure on Tuesday.
Via Matt Vensel of the Star-Tribune:
Davidson, 48, was hired by former Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier in 2011 and was inherited by Mike Zimmer when he took over in 2014. Before that, he served as an offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns (2006) and Carolina Panthers (2007-2010).
The Vikings' offensive line thrived when it came to run-blocking. The team finished fourth in rushing offense (138.2 yards per game) and produced the NFL's rushing leader in Adrian Peterson, who racked up 1,485 yards in 2015.
Pass protection wasn't as strong, though. The Vikings allowed 45 sacks, of which quarterback Teddy Bridgewater weathered all but one. Only five quarterbacks were sacked more than him this season.
When searching for Davidson's replacement, the Vikings need to find someone who can maintain the team's current rushing production while improving protection for Bridgewater.