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Vikings hire Joe Marciano to help with special teams

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Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer will miss the first three, possibly two, games of the season, due to the outcome of the Chris Kluwe investigation.

During his absence, the Vikings will rely on veteran special-teams coordinator Joe Marciano.

Via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, coach Mike Zimmer made the announcement on Sunday.  A 28-year veteran of coaching special teams at the NFL level, Marciano was fired by the Texans in December 2013.  Marciano had worked for the Texans since the team entered the NFL in 2002.

Marciano previously worked for the Buccaneers (1996 to 2001) and Saints (1986-95).  Before that, he spent time in the USFL.

In retaining Marciano, Zimmer said it was important to have veteran experience during Priefer’s absence.  The alternative was to entrust the duties to Vikings assistant special-teams coordinator Ryan Ficken.

“I think it’s a great idea, [but] I think Ryan can handle it,” Priefer said regarding the decision to hire Marciano, via Tomasson.  “It’s not my decision but they asked me and they thought it was a pretty good idea.”

The bigger question for Priefer is whether the Vikings decide after the season that Ficken or Marciano or someone else can handle the job.  It’s entirely possible that the Vikings ultimately kept Priefer not because the newly-hired Zimmer decided that Priefer was the best man for the job, but because the Vikings wanted to keep Priefer on the payroll, and as a practical matter under the team’s control, as the Kluwe case moved toward potential litigation.

If/when the Kluwe situation is resolved, Priefer becomes expendable.  And Ficken or Marciano or someone else could be the special-teams coordinator in 2015.

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25 Responses to “Vikings hire Joe Marciano to help with special teams”
  1. bubbybrisket says: Aug 10, 2014 1:44 PM

    Kluwe might have good intentions, but he’s an attention seeking mongo. He doesn’t nothing but run his mouth and complain when it’s in his best interests.

  2. cityviking1 says: Aug 10, 2014 1:56 PM

    If they wanted Priefer gone, then they would have fired him either when Zimmer got the job or after the whole Kluwe thing started, clearly they wanted to keep him, they fired a lot of other coaches.

  3. squishman says: Aug 10, 2014 2:01 PM

    Klewe mocked pedophilia victims. That is much worse than any joke uttered by Preifer about nuking folks on an island. Preifer>Kluwe.

  4. casualmalexlfan says: Aug 10, 2014 2:06 PM

    Seriously, Joe Marciano?!!! Why!!?? Houston’s special teams have been awful the past few years.

  5. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 10, 2014 2:07 PM

    Critical hire. That offense makes punting the most important activity on the team.

  6. thevikesarebest says: Aug 10, 2014 2:41 PM

    The vikings defense was dominant.that was just a taste of how good it will be this season.vikings 1-0. Cheeseheads 0-1.SKOL

  7. stellarperformance says: Aug 10, 2014 2:48 PM

    The Vikings are staying with the strategy of having the oldest coaching staff in the NFL. I guess they are big believers in “fool ‘em” plays, due to their offensive weaknesses. Joe Marciano will be implementing the Flying Wedge, the Dropkick, and the Invisible Reverse.

    23 Skidoo, Viking fans!

  8. dd393 says: Aug 10, 2014 3:00 PM

    They’re more in need of a bouncer.

  9. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 10, 2014 3:11 PM

    Rocky Marciano couldn’t help the Vikes.

  10. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 10, 2014 4:09 PM

    Did a Packer fan criticize the Vikings for having old coaches? I’d rather have an old coach than an old defensive end-turned-linebacker that I’m counting on to be the savior of my defense.

  11. natelan says: Aug 10, 2014 4:43 PM

    We should round up all of Priefer’s family members, stick them on an island and nuke it ’til it glows.

  12. natelan says: Aug 10, 2014 4:46 PM

    Priefer, you bonehead… Meet your replacement!!

    Next time think twice before publicly announcing your disgusting desires to assassinate an entire minority class of the human race.

    How much does unemployment pay these days?

  13. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 10, 2014 4:53 PM

    Next time think twice before publicly announcing your disgusting desires to assassinate an entire minority class of the human race.
    ______

    If you really believe that, then what you said is worse than what Priefer said because Priefer wasn’t serious.

  14. stellarperformance says: Aug 10, 2014 6:55 PM

    Q: “Is Peppers better in his position than what the Packers had last year?”

    A: “Yes.”

    “OK….thats good enough for us……thanks.”

  15. threedeep1998 says: Aug 10, 2014 7:01 PM

    Let’s hope they don’t cut Patterson or any special teams ace.

  16. purpleguy says: Aug 10, 2014 7:12 PM

    Well, the guy may be a bigot (for which he’s being punished consistent with normal employment practice), but he is a good special teams coach. If he gets his act together, I suspect they’ll keep him.

  17. frank booth says: Aug 10, 2014 8:15 PM

    If it’s worth mentioning that the Vikings defense was dominant against against one of the lesser offenses in the NFL, then it’s worth mentioning that the Vikings offense could only muster up 10 points against one of the leagues worst defenses.

  18. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 10, 2014 8:21 PM

    Q: “Is Peppers better in his position than what the Packers had last year?”

    A: “Yes.”

    Q: “Would the Packers be better served investing a 6th-round draft pick on a linebacker who would provide the same level of effectiveness?”

    A: “Yes.”

    Q: “Are Packer fans dumb enough to think this guy will make a difference just because they’ve heard of him?”

    A: “Yes.”

    “OK….thats good enough for us……here’s 10 million dollars.”

  19. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 10, 2014 8:40 PM

    Viking fans sure are some sore losers.

  20. stellarperformance says: Aug 10, 2014 8:55 PM

    Q: “Are Viking trolls obsessed with any and all things related to the Green Bay Packers and their fans?”

    A: “Yes.”

    Q: “Thanks. Is that the result of observing the winning traditions of the Packers and their fans from the outside looking-in, year after year?”

    A: “Yes.”

  21. whatjusthapped says: Aug 10, 2014 9:31 PM

    He has the necessary experience, after all, he coached in the USFL so when he gets to the Vikings, he is already used to working with that level of talent.

  22. cfoodgumbo504 says: Aug 10, 2014 9:52 PM

    It’s the Saints fault your special teams coach is gonna miss some games. The same way it’s the Saints fault we beat ya’ll in the championship game in 2009 season. Vikings fans are by far the most pathetic fans in the NFL. I’m surprised one of you brain surgeons didn’t bring that point up when you look at Joe’s resume. He was the Saints special teams coach way back when. Patehticfans.com

  23. dcviking says: Aug 10, 2014 10:41 PM

    Vikings fans are by far the most pathetic fans in the NFL.

    ———————–

    I don’t recall ever seeing Viking fans wearing paper bags to games…

  24. dcviking says: Aug 10, 2014 10:42 PM

    but hey I guess it unites the Saints and Packer fan bases — Saints have done it, and the Packer fans (especially the shemales) should do it…

  25. pillowporkers says: Aug 11, 2014 1:10 PM

    Yeah, you’re right. They just kept Preifer on due to ease of the situation. Not because the Vikings Special Teams has been the best in franchise history under him.

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