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Vikings deny Falcons request to interview Jeff Davidson

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The Vikings don’t have a head coach, but they’re hanging onto their old assistants, just in case the next guy wants them.

According to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports, the Vikings denied the Falcons’ request for permission to interview offensive line coach Jeff Davidson.

The Falcons cleared out both line coaches, and they’re familiar with Davidson’s work, as he was previously the Panthers offensive coordinator.

Davidson’s a respected position coach, and the Falcons clearly need an upgrade there. But at the moment, the Vikings are sitting on his rights, likely until they decide who the head coach will be.

While that means Davidson still has a year of a guaranteed contract remaining, it’s still an unfair position to put him in, as he’s blocked from an opportunity that might be filled when the Vikings make their final decision.

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29 Responses to “Vikings deny Falcons request to interview Jeff Davidson”
  1. smartestpackerfan says: Jan 2, 2014 2:54 PM

    Should come to the Packers.

  2. str8cashomie2 says: Jan 2, 2014 2:56 PM

    Thats messed up Spielman

  3. kane337 says: Jan 2, 2014 2:58 PM

    The Falcons got Spielman’d

  4. darkneptune73 says: Jan 2, 2014 3:02 PM

    Is there anyone on the planet that wants Bill Musfail? You can have him for free.

  5. conormacleod says: Jan 2, 2014 3:06 PM

    “Unfair” would be if he was later fired and not paid. This is just SOP in the NFL.

  6. tobym333 says: Jan 2, 2014 3:09 PM

    This is why , the Vikings are the Vikings ! No coach in place and you want to prevent this guy from moving on.

  7. 2ruefan says: Jan 2, 2014 3:09 PM

    Yep. It’s business. Welcome to the business world. If you have a contract with your employer, then it’s valid until the conditions are met. Just because it’s a sport doesn’t make it any different.

  8. suns11111 says: Jan 2, 2014 3:11 PM

    7th round pick to much to give up for an interview.

  9. kappy32 says: Jan 2, 2014 3:13 PM

    If it is nothing more than a lateral move from Minnesota to Atlanta, I can understand them not giving permission. However, Ziggy & Co. better have given Davidson a guarantee that he will have a spot in the new regime because if the new HC in Minnesota cuts him loose, it’s a real scummy thing for the Vikings to do to him. By the time a new HC is put in place in Minnesota, a large portion of vacancies – especially assistant vacancies where teams have returning HCs – will be filled. If Davidson is not promised a job under the new HC there’s a good chance that he will be without a job in 2014 all because Ziggy wouldn’t give Atlanta permission to interview Davidson. Not cool, bro, not cool.

  10. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 2, 2014 3:14 PM

    Man, let him at least interview. Maybe the new coach will want to hang onto him (doubtful, because coaches like to pick their own assistants), but you’re preventing him from even having a chance at another job.

  11. fwippel says: Jan 2, 2014 3:19 PM

    Considering how the Vikings OL pass-blocked this year, I’d be perfectly happy to see him end up in Atlanta, or Green Bay!

  12. shaggytoodle says: Jan 2, 2014 3:20 PM

    More times than not, the new coaches want to bring their own guys in.that’s pretty weak, but Idk what else too expect from the Vikings.

    Why be surprised. They drafted a first round WR that can’t run routes, and use a top 15 picks on a QB that can’t throw.

  13. packerfansarefat says: Jan 2, 2014 3:21 PM

    Seems wrong…….along those lines, didn’t our line underachieve this year??

  14. seatownballers says: Jan 2, 2014 3:27 PM

    Typical Vikings. No opportunity, no hope

  15. akboot says: Jan 2, 2014 3:33 PM

    Isn’t this why they sign contracts? They’re not keeping him from anything he didn’t sign on to. Wouldn’t it be kind of dumb to do anything differently? I mean why just give a guy, (whom you think is good), away? Um, duh.

  16. lawyermalloy says: Jan 2, 2014 3:38 PM

    They can get around it by offering him “Assistant Offensive Coordinator” thereby not making it a “lateral” move!

  17. apmaxson83 says: Jan 2, 2014 3:41 PM

    Are you people really this inattentive? It says right in the story that he has a GUARANTEED contract, which means even if he does get fired, he still gets paid, whether he gets another job or not. We should all be so lucky as this guy you want us to feel bad for.

  18. darkneptune73 says: Jan 2, 2014 3:42 PM

    Anyone want Bill Musfail? You can have him for free.

  19. jmorand47 says: Jan 2, 2014 3:53 PM

    Since it’s a lateral move, teams can deny the request. That’s is why the Seahawks can’t deny requests from teams asking for Bevell and Quinn to be a HC because it would be a step up. Teams still ask for permission, though, out of courtesy.

  20. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 2, 2014 3:55 PM

    Dumb move. No decent assistant coach will want to knowingly go to work for such an organization.

  21. eatitfanboy says: Jan 2, 2014 4:04 PM

    If you are going to insist on the stability of a multi-year contract, you take the good with the bad.

    He signed a contract to be employed for a certain amount of years by the Vikings and/or be paid by them if they fired him. In exchange, he gives up the right to leave for other jobs. Period.

    Since he is such a “respected position coach” the Vikings may consider having him under contract to be a selling point to potential coaching candidates.

    Whatever their reason is, they are acting within their rights.

  22. aldante66 says: Jan 2, 2014 4:09 PM

    First we don’t know if this guy would see it as a better move than he has in Minny. Hey he has a pro bowl linemen and several top linemen, why go to another team to do the same job unless its a ton o money more, and the Vikes may match it anyways.

  23. mrlaloosh says: Jan 2, 2014 4:42 PM

    Holy you-know-what! The Falcons are so desperate that they want coaches from the Vikings? Meek Smith & Thomas Dumb-itoff are good for laughs.
    Don’t worry Failcants fans. With a third place schedule next year you’ll probably finish with a number one seed in the NFC playoffs and we all know how that will turn out.

  24. screamingsheep69 says: Jan 2, 2014 5:02 PM

    Darin Ganttt said about 6 years ago, that Jeff Davidson would be a head coach in the NFL within 2 years. That didn’t work out to good did it Ganttt?

  25. banlarson says: Jan 2, 2014 6:39 PM

    If it means getting rid of the that ridiculous zone blocking scheme hand him over for FREE, Musgrave brought it over from Atlanta and they can have it back.

  26. bobnelsonjr says: Jan 2, 2014 6:56 PM

    Incidents like this just confirm and further the bad reputation the vikings have around the league and with the public.

  27. pootytang66 says: Jan 3, 2014 2:06 AM

    Did the Falcons see our O-Line play this year??? They can have him!!!!!

  28. whatjusthapped says: Jan 3, 2014 8:36 AM

    This is bad karma, at least let the guy talk to the Falcons. Chances are highly likely the new head coach will want to hire his own staff so that he can fail on his own terms.

    There is a concept in this world called, “doing right by somebody” and the Vikings just don’t seem to realize that you can’t go 53 years and never win a Superbowl without making dumb front office decisions. OK, this isn’t as bad as having 2 draft choices in the first round and passing by A. Rodgers but it still qualifies as dumb.

  29. makkmann77 says: Jan 3, 2014 11:51 PM

    If the Vikings wanna block the f alcons from talking with their o-line coach means the man is doing something right.

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