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Vikings hire Brent Salazar as strength and conditioning coach

KANSAS CITY, MO - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Brent Salazar of the Kansas City Chiefs poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images) Getty Images

Among several changes to the Vikings coaching staff since the end of their season was the departure of strength and conditioning coach Evan Marcus after two seasons with the team.

The Vikings named his replacement on Wednesday with a release announcing that they have hired Brent Salazar to head things up on that front. Salazar had been an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Chiefs since the 2007 season.

One area where the Vikings will surely like to see better results under Salazar is with pectoral muscle injuries. They saw tackle Phil Loadholt, guard Brandon Fusco, defensive end Brian Robison, tackle Carter Bykowski and cornerback Josh Robinson miss time with that injury over the last two seasons. They also saw running back Jerick McKinnon and center John Sullivan either suffer injuries or setbacks while lifting weights.

The Vikings have also added Pat Shurmur and Tony Sparano to their coaching staff after winning the NFC North last season.

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16 Responses to “Vikings hire Brent Salazar as strength and conditioning coach”
  1. bridgeh2o says: Feb 17, 2016 2:29 PM

    Though many times might stay idle, the Vikes add 2 ex-head coaches in Shurmer and Sparano, while shoring up the strength coach position.

    This team is built for the NOW, as we are the 3rd youngest team in the league, we are the division winner, a top 5 defense, the best RB in the league, and we are moving into our new stadium this fall.

    Man, it’s good to be a Viking fan!

    THANK GOD FOR MIKE ZIMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. nflpoker says: Feb 17, 2016 2:29 PM

    Time and time again you would hear about these injuries in the conditioning/weight room. The guy they fired obviously didn’t know what he was doing. Good luck to Salazar and the Vikes.

  3. Probowler Teddy Bridgewater says: Feb 17, 2016 2:40 PM

    Seriously, who’s gonna stop us next year? Who? Most talented young team in the league.

  4. bordner says: Feb 17, 2016 2:51 PM

    Yes, fans of other teams around the league HAVE to take notice after this latest bombshell coming out of Minnesota. Mike Zimmer is a genius, and he’s proves it yet again!!! Who else would have the foresight, the insight and quite frankly, the huevos to hire not one, but two ex-head coaches and now a new position coach!!! Rick Spielman is a genius as GM and with this team loaded top-to-bottom with the greatest talent in the league today, look for the vikings to go undefeated while winning multiple Super Bowls well into the next decade!!!

    Or… maybe they just come back to earth after over-achieving last year and finish with a respectable 8-8 record.

  5. pkrlvr says: Feb 17, 2016 2:53 PM

    Seriously, who’s gonna stop us next year? Who? Most talented young team in the league.
    ——————
    I’ll admit the future looks brighter than it has in years, but let’s not get carried away. An old packers coordinator isn’t going to take you from one n done to the SB. Teddy needs to step it up and add a potent passing attack to that potent run game. It’s tough to go all the way with 14 tds and 9 int’s. If/when he finds his footing, then you can get this excited.

  6. jimmysee says: Feb 17, 2016 3:06 PM

    We wish the Vikings nothing but the best in 2016 — they are a young team learning how to win in the NFL

    This coming season will be pivotal in their development.

    Will they continue to improve, or take a nosedive, like the Lions so recently experienced. That srtoery will play out starting in September.

    That’s what makes the NFL so interesting to me.

  7. ieverviking says: Feb 17, 2016 3:11 PM

    Pat Shurmur is NOT, was not EVER an old Packers coordinator. His uncle Fritz was.

  8. orandegadsen says: Feb 17, 2016 3:27 PM

    This guy looks like he’s about 165lbs,guess he doesn’t practice what he preaches!! Typical,guy has a piece of paper that says he’s an expert. It’s not rocket science eat lift and sleep. Like to see Brent throw up 315×10×3 like I did this morning.

  9. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Feb 17, 2016 3:37 PM

    Probowler Teddy Bridgewater says:
    Feb 17, 2016 2:40 PM
    Seriously, who’s gonna stop us next year? Who?
    ___________________

    You mean besides any team on their schedule other than the Titans? Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Dallas, NY Giants, Houston, Indianapolis, Arizona, Philadelphia, Washington, Jacksonville and Carolina are all more than capable of beating a MN team that will be lucky if they get to .500 playing a first place schedule. Vikes fans are as delusional as Colts, Iggles and Phins fans in the off season.

  10. deltaoracle says: Feb 17, 2016 4:49 PM

    This team is built for the NOW, as we are the 3rd youngest team in the league, we are the division winner, a top 5 defense, the best RB in the league, and we are moving into our new stadium this fall.

    That devastating loss at home may linger… and the best player will turn 31, an age when few RBs prosper… and they haven’t won a playoff game since – when?… wouldn’t buy a Super Bowl ticket today.

  11. purpleguy says: Feb 17, 2016 6:01 PM

    He may have been an assistant strength coach for KC the last 9 years, but from his picture you’d think he just got out of high school. As long as he develops a healthy program as opposed to that prior meathead that blew out backs and pecs, more power to Doogie Howser the strength doctor.

  12. genericcommenter says: Feb 17, 2016 6:37 PM

    You can tell from his Superman curl that he knows something about deceptive strength.

  13. gtodriver says: Feb 17, 2016 11:12 PM

    chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:

    You mean besides any team on their schedule other than the Titans? Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Dallas, NY Giants, Houston, Indianapolis, Arizona, Philadelphia, Washington, Jacksonville and Carolina are all more than capable of beating a MN team that will be lucky if they get to .500 playing a first place schedule. Vikes fans are as delusional as Colts, Iggles and Phins fans in the off season.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Do you realize the only difference in a first place schedule and a last place schedule is 2 games?

    All four teams in the division play the same teams except for:

    Vikings will play Carolina and Arizona

    Packers will play Atlanta and Seattle

    Lions will play New Orleans and St. Louis

    Bears will play Tampa Bay and San Francisco

    Last year the Packers finished first in the division and got to play Cowboys. The Bears finished last and got to play the Redskins.

    So much for the “big” difference in the “1st place schedule”.

  14. frank booth says: Feb 18, 2016 12:54 AM

    bridgeh2o says:
    Feb 17, 2016 2:29 PM

    Though many times might stay idle, the Vikes add 2 ex-head coaches in Shurmer and Sparano, while shoring up the strength coach position.

    This team is built for the NOW, as we are the 3rd youngest team in the league, we are the division winner, a top 5 defense, the best RB in the league, and we are moving into our new stadium this fall.

    Man, it’s good to be a Viking fan!

    THANK GOD FOR MIKE ZIMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ==================================
    Most teams are making changes to their staffs and rosters where necessary in the offseason.

    Most teams have at least one ex-NFL coach on their staff, and plenty have multiple. The amount of ex-head coaches on your staff isn’t a predictor of success.

    Neither is the youngest team, or a new stadium, or any of those things. And your running back looked pretty tired in the last 6 games of the year.

    Stop talking so much.

  15. h0metownzero says: Feb 18, 2016 6:32 PM

    Strength and conditioning is especially important when kicking 27 yard field goals.

  16. ruvelligwebuike says: Feb 19, 2016 3:00 PM

    Nice pic. The only thing less intimidating in the entire world is a picture of Teddy Bridgewater.

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