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Vikings Hire Brian Murphy to Coach Special Teams

Today’s Star Tribue is reporting that the Vikings have hired their new special teams coach. Here is the tidbit:

The Vikings have decided to promote from within to replace special teams coordinator Paul Ferraro. Brian Murphy, who has been the Vikings’ assistant special teams coach for the past three seasons, will take over for Ferraro, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Ferraro left the Vikings last month to become the linebackers coach for new St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo.

The Vikings gave up an NFL record seven touchdowns on special teams this season, including four on punt returns. That led to speculation about Ferraro’s job security but coach Brad Childress made it clear he wasn’t going to make a change. However, Ferraro jumped at the chance to join a longtime friend in Spagnuolo.

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