Vikings finalize 2022 coaching staff, which includes game management coordinator

By on March 1, 2022 0

The 2022 Vikings coaching staff is officially complete. The team announced the hiring of six other coaches Tuesday, as well as retaining several elements of Mike Zimmer’s 2021 staff.

Here are the new additions:

  • Greg Manusky – Inside linebackers
  • Ryan Cordell – Passing Specialist/Game Management Coordinator
  • Steve Donatell – Quality Control – Defense
  • Derron Montgomery – Quality Control – Infringement
  • Tony Sorrentino – Assistant WR
  • A’Lique Terry – DL Assistant

We already knew Manuskya veteran coach with 12 years of experience as an NFL defensive coordinator and former special teams ace who spent three years playing for the Vikings in the early 1990s.

The person whose title and background stand out the most in this third wave of official hires is Cordell. He has experience in both the front office and on the coaching side with the 49ers and Browns, and he’s overlapped Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah in both places. The second part of Cordell’s title – game management coordinator – is very intriguing.

Here’s what head coach Kevin O’Connell said to beat the writers at the Indianapolis Combine on the importance of this role:

“One of our critical points of football philosophy, we really have a few, but one of them is to be masters of the situation, and that’s a term you throw out there. , what does that mean? It’s a holistic approach to how you deal with situations in games, and it’s a year-round thing. It’s springtime. We’re constantly going to be watching this. what we would do in certain situations, have plans for the situations that come up and then you practice them and not only teach your offense but you teach defensively, how you’re going to defend that exact situation.”

Cordell will help both in the offseason and during the week to prepare for how players and coaches will handle certain situations. Along with assistant coach Mike Pettine, he’ll likely be in touch with O’Connell during games as big decisions come up – things like whether to call a timeout or challenge a game, if you have to go there on the fourth try or how to manage a situation of end of clock, for example.

O’Connell also spoke about the importance of being smart and efficient late in the first half and early in the second, which was a big deal for the Vikings last season.

Steve Donatell is the son of Vikings defensive coordinator Ed Donatell. He played linebacker at Wake Forest and was most recently a coach at Stanford.

The Vikings also officially retained assistant defensive backs coach Roy Anderson, assistant linebackers coach Sam Siefkes and all of their strength and conditioning staff, in addition to wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell.

Here is the fully completed coaching staff:

  • The Head Coach: Kevin O’Connell
  • Assistant Head Coach: Mike Pettine
  • Offensive coordinator: Wes Phillips
  • Quarters: Chris O’Hara
    • Assistant Quarterbacks: Jerrod Johnson
  • Running backs/run game coordinator: Curtis Modkins
  • Wide Receivers: Keenan McCardell
    • Wide assistant receivers: Tony Sorrentino
  • Tight Ends/Passing Coordinator: Brian Angelichio
  • Passing Game Specialist/Game Management Coordinator: ryan cordel
  • Offensive line: Chris Kuper
    • Assistant Offensive Line: Justin Rascati
  • Offensive Quality Control: Derron Montgomery
  • Defensive coordinator: Ed Donatell
  • Defensive line: Chris Rumph
    • Assistant defensive line: A’Lique Terry
  • Outside linebackers/rushing specialist: mike smith
  • Inside linebackers: Greg Mansky
    • Assistant linebackers: Sam Siefkes
  • Defensive backs: Daronte Jones
    • Assistant defensive backs: Roy Anderson
  • Defensive Quality Control: Steve Donatell
  • Special Teams Coordinator: matt daniels
    • Assistant special teams: Ben Kotwica
  • Head strength and conditioning: Josh Hingst
    • Strength and Conditioning Assistant: Derik Keyes
    • Strength and Conditioning Assistant: Marquis Johnson

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