Report: Vikings adding former Raiders offensive coordinator to coaching staff

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The Vikings will be beefing up their offensive coaching staff with the former offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders.

Adam Caplan reports that Todd Downing is expected to join the Vikings in the role of senior offensive assistant.

The Vikings recently hired former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo to succeed Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator. The Vikings also declined to let quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski interview for the offensive coordinator on Shurmur’s staff with the Giants.

It’s a homecoming for the 37-year-old Downing, a native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He attended the University of Minnesota, and he began his coaching career with the Vikings, as an intern in 2001 and, ultimately, as an offensive quality control coach in 2005.

37 responses to “Report: Vikings adding former Raiders offensive coordinator to coaching staff

  1. Keenum turns back into Keenum. He’ll never match or exceed what he did last season. Not his fault,he’s just Case Keenum!!

  2. Looks like they are giving Flip his own staff so to speak..with Stefanski and now Downing…have to credit ownership too,,,they seem to willing spend wherever it’s needed or asked.

  3. The Vikings have hit the brakes hard, gone into a four-wheel drift, and are now flooring it 180 degrees in the other direction.

    Offense wins championships.

  4. The next question for the Vikings is: who will be their starting QB next season. Will it be Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater, Drew Brees, Kirk Cousins, Nick Foles, AJ McCarron or Josh McCown?

  5. stellarperformance says:
    February 17, 2018 at 9:12 pm
    The Vikings have hit the brakes hard, gone into a four-wheel drift, and are now flooring it 180 degrees in the other direction.

    Offense wins championships.
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    While the Packers are whipping doughnuts and blowing out tires.

    One man teams never win jack squat.

  6. Liberalsruineverything says:
    February 17, 2018 at 9:49 pm
    One man teams never win jack squat.
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    I can agree only because I don’t know any one-man teams.

  7. Decent hire for a supporting role. Good to see the Vikes bringing in young blood on offense rather than dumping the team’s QB’s favored QB coach and bringing in an old tired retread that failed once he no longer had said HOF QB to cover his posterior.

  8. stellarperformance says:
    February 17, 2018 at 10:06 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    February 17, 2018 at 9:49 pm
    One man teams never win jack squat.
    ///////////////////////////////

    I can agree only because I don’t know any one-man teams.
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    Sure you do. The rest of the country calls them “Erin Rodgers with special guests, the Cleveland West Dancers”

  9. Liberalsruineverything says:
    February 17, 2018 at 9:49 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    February 17, 2018 at 9:12 pm
    The Vikings have hit the brakes hard, gone into a four-wheel drift, and are now flooring it 180 degrees in the other direction.

    Offense wins championships.
    ———————————

    While the Packers are whipping doughnuts and blowing out tires.

    One man teams never win jack squat.
    ________________________________

    First of all, the Packers may have the best player in football, but they are far from a one man team.
    Careful, your ignorance is showing.
    But even if I were to humor you, I’d have to ask, where were you during the 2010 season?

  10. omeimontis says:
    February 17, 2018 at 9:37 pm
    The next question for the Vikings is: who will be their starting QB next season. Will it be Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater, Drew Brees, Kirk Cousins, Nick Foles, AJ McCarron or Josh McCown?

    Bradford. Unmistakable indication that the knee’s ok: Sam’s elevation to Keenum’s b/u for playoffs. Teddy gets a raise as his b/u. Keenum & Cousins go elsewhere.

  11. jeter325 says:
    February 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Looks like they are giving Flip his own staff so to speak..with Stefanski and now Downing…have to credit ownership too,,,they seem to willing spend wherever it’s needed or asked.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    … and raised ticket prices accordingly.

  12. horseheadinyourbed says:
    February 17, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Cost Del Rio his Job, I’m glad Denver has Musgrave, I thin k he may be HC material.

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    God no. He has even less charisma than Jim Caldwell.

  13. Liberalsruineverything says:
    February 17, 2018 at 10:50 pm
    Sure you do. The rest of the country calls them “Erin Rodgers with special guests, the Cleveland West Dancers”
    ////////////////////////////////////////

    Sorry. Never heard this before. I did a search. I found one. You.

  14. eter325 says:
    February 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm
    Looks like they are giving Flip his own staff so to speak..with Stefanski and now Downing…have to credit ownership too,,,they seem to willing spend wherever it’s needed or asked.

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    There’s only one Flip in Minnesota. RIP Flip.

  15. raiderbri100 says:
    February 18, 2018 at 6:19 am
    Turned the Raiders Offense from a Porsche to a Ford Pinto

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    To be fair, the Raiders could turn an offense with Randy Moss still in his prime into a Ford Pinto too.

  16. wafflestomp says:
    February 17, 2018 at 10:53 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    February 17, 2018 at 9:49 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    February 17, 2018 at 9:12 pm
    The Vikings have hit the brakes hard, gone into a four-wheel drift, and are now flooring it 180 degrees in the other direction.

    Offense wins championships.
    ———————————

    While the Packers are whipping doughnuts and blowing out tires.

    One man teams never win jack squat.
    ________________________________

    First of all, the Packers may have the best player in football, but they are far from a one man team.

    ///////////////////////

    Packers 4-2 with Rodgers, 3-7 without him this year. Ummmm…… one man team.

  17. I wish Todd all the luck in the world, but the Raiders went from a top 10 offense to one of the worst in the league. And that was with no major injuries. His trial by fire is over!!! Good Luck Vikings fans!!!

  18. goawayeverybody says:
    February 18, 2018 at 7:25 pm
    The Vikings suck

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    You have a ways to go, but good beginning to being a packer troll.

  19. platinumraider32 says:
    February 18, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    I wish Todd all the luck in the world, but the Raiders went from a top 10 offense to one of the worst in the league. And that was with no major injuries.
    )))))))))))))))))))))
    Carr has already come out and said Cooper played on one leg. That would be a huge lost to the passing game for me.

  20. wafflestomp says:
    February 17, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    One man teams never win jack squat.
    ________________________________

    First of all, the Packers may have the best player in football, but they are far from a one man team.
    Careful, your ignorance is showing.
    But even if I were to humor you, I’d have to ask, where were you during the 2010 season?
    ___________

    So your argument against the Packers being a one-man team is how the team was constituted seven years ago? Where were you during the 2017 season?

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