The mild sense of euphoria that has greeted the hiring of Leslie Frazier as head coach of the Vikings has arisen in part from the all-star (or at least fallen-star) cast of potential assistants to be hired. With men like former Niners coach Mike Singletary and former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels possibly joining the team, optimism has quickly returned to the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
That sense of positivity has now been disrupted by the news that defensive line coach Karl Dunbar may be taking the same position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Dunbar has coached the Minnesota defensive line since 2006, installing and presiding over the four-man front that anchored the team’s Tampa Two defense. His contract is expiring, so the Vikings have no way to prevent him from jumping to another team.
Todd Wash served as Tampa’s defensive line coach in 2010, but his contract is expiring, too.