As expected, the Vikings have hired Colts defensive backs coach Alan Williams to be the team’s new defensive coordinator. The Vikings announced the move earlier this afternoon.
The Vikings also announced that former Rams defensive line coach Brendan Daly will return to the team in that capacity. Daly was a member of the Minnesota staff from 2006 through 2008.
“Alan and Brendan have both proved themselves as quality coaches in our League,” coach Leslie Frazier said in a team-issued release. “I had the chance to work directly with both men and can’t say enough about their character, work ethic and ability to connect with players and push them to be their best.”
The hiring of Williams comes after the Vikings pursued Raheem Morris and Mel Tucker, before removing the defensive coordinator title from Fred Pagac.
As to Pagac, the team has not announced whether he will remain with the team. He reportedly was offered the role of linebackers coach, one of the titles held by former 49ers coach Mike Singletary.
Though Williams could indeed be the right man for the job, it seems that the Vikings went after a guy they knew they’d get, after swinging and missing on Morris and Tucker. Though it’s unclear whether they could have done any better if they’d aimed higher, the Vikings couldn’t afford to have a string of rejections.