Mike Priefer joins Browns as special teams coach

Getty Images

The Vikings will be looking for a new special teams coach.

Mike Priefer told Tom Pelissero of NFL Media that he has agreed to run the special teams for the Browns during the 2019 season.

Priefer had been in the same job for the Vikings since the 2011 season. He told Pelissero that he was offered a contract to return to Minnesota and also spoke with the Lions and Falcons before opting for a position on Freddie Kitchens’ staff in Cleveland.

The Vikings job was Priefer’s fifth stop in the NFL and the hire gives the Browns an experienced hand to assist Kitchens in his first year as head coach. The list of defensive coordinator candidates features veteran names for Cleveland to consider for that unit as well.

33 responses to “Mike Priefer joins Browns as special teams coach

  1. The Vikings have been good in the return game and kick/punt coverage, so thats a credit to Priefer. I can’t get past how awful our FG and Extra Points have been since Priefer took over. Sayonara

  2. Meaning Zimmer says we are not going to renew your ass better find a new job… we will prop you up as if your coming back but after destroying several kickers. See the door

  3. Don’t be afraid to look at the college level Zim. There are some really good ST coaches at that level. I would say the same thing about the O Line coach he will hire.

  4. At the risk of sounding like a homer, if Priefer was wanted, the Vikes would have offered an extension long ago. He’s lucky the Vikes stuck with him after all the ultra-religious politically incorrect junk he spewed in team meetings came out in the Kluewe deal. As someone noted above, his coverage work was above average; however, every single kicker and punter regressed under his coaching.

  5. Good, he should have been gone a few years ago at the very least. When they said last week that the Vikes were looking to keep him, I was seriously shaking my head. Glad the Browns stepped in and prevented that from happening.

  6. I read an article that said they prefer wasn’t a problem with the kicking game, that there was an assistant coach who had got cram down his throat who is making a mess of things. He had previously been a wide receivers coach during the dark years when we couldn’t find a wide receiver. That was around the Childress time. The article abd the timeline it presented of his assignments aligned neetly with failures in each area. Not sure why he would be a sacred cow. But if that was true, I owe Preifer an apology,

  7. He wanted out. From a distance it’s hard to see how close a ship is to the waterline while it’s burning. If you’re on-board, it’s a little easier to tell.

  8. Mixed feelings. While he had experience, when was the last time the Vikings blocked a punt, a kick or an extra point? I recall a punt blocked perhaps 3 years ago early in the season. Yet, just this year, our special teams gave up a blocked punt at Green Bay and several blocked kicks. Our punting is hanging together with duct tape. The punters average is as good as it is because so many of his miserable punts roll for 25 years. And is anyone happy with the kicking game since the Blair Walsh project left? Good luck in your new role, we can find or develop a replacement.

  9. ragnarthegreat says:
    January 11, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    I read an article that said they prefer wasn’t a problem with the kicking game, that there was an assistant coach who had got cram down his throat who is making a mess of things. He had previously been a wide receivers coach during the dark years when we couldn’t find a wide receiver. That was around the Childress time. The article abd the timeline it presented of his assignments aligned neetly with failures in each area. Not sure why he would be a sacred cow. But if that was true, I owe Preifer an apology,
    ————-
    This whole apology makes no sense. Why would you owe him an apology if you supported the guy? Why, if true you didn’t say where said article was found and who is this elusive guy that you’re putting all the blame on for Preifer. Last I checked a sacred cow would involve actually being fired instead of jumping over the fense to another team…

  10. Some experts are saying Special Teams coaches should not have to offer helpful advice to place kickers and punters and they need only coach up the special teams to make them best in yards allowed but I TOTALLY disagree!

  11. As a lifelong Viking fan I thought he was good at first but our kickers have been atrocious and our punters for the most part have been horrible as well. I thought he did a good job for our returners but that was probably do to Percy Harvin and CP84 more so than it was him. Every other returner has been okay other than Sherels and once again I believe that is because of his talents more so than the coach. So with all of that said he probably does deserve credit for our kick and punt coverage units, other than the snow game vs Baltimore a few years ago they always seemed to have great kick coverage units. But other than those few highlights the kicking game has been as close to an F grade as possible.

  12. I guess he felt Freddie Kitchens would get fired and he could step in as interim HC before Zimmer would get fired and he could step in as interim HC.

    Oh, and ps: Good. Bye.

  13. Our kicking situation in Cleveland can’t get any worse. The current kicker we have is shaky.

    A lot of the FG’s and extra points is dependent upon what’s between the kicker’s ears and not necessarily the coach..

  14. Nothing about how Kluwe still doesn’t have a job in the NFL? He underperformed at his position and made waves, just like that other guy you always bring up.

  15. Good riddance! Special teams have been a mess for years. I’m surprised he lasted this long in Zimmer’s scheme..

  16. stellarperformance says:
    January 11, 2019 at 5:37 pm
    He wanted out. From a distance it’s hard to see how close a ship is to the waterline while it’s burning. If you’re on-board, it’s a little easier to tell.

    ————————

    And yet, nobody could see the floating garbage fire in Green Bay, even while they were standing on that pile of garbage.

  17. Satanic Hell Creature says:
    January 12, 2019 at 1:42 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    January 11, 2019 at 5:37 pm
    He wanted out. From a distance it’s hard to see how close a ship is to the waterline while it’s burning. If you’re on-board, it’s a little easier to tell.
    ————————
    And yet, nobody could see the floating garbage fire in Green Bay, even while they were standing on that pile of garbage.
    —————-
    Even worse in GB was the fact that the Gute hire with McCarthy and Rodgers was going to be great and bring another super bowl.
    Now, one packer fan thinks the “pack will be back” and go 19-0 with yet another preseason Super Bowl prediction.

  18. Satanic Hell Creature says:
    January 12, 2019 at 1:42 pm
    And yet, nobody could see the floating garbage fire in Green Bay, even while they were standing on that pile of garbage.
    ///////////////////////////////////

    I see what you wrote, but this is what I read:

    ‘Whaaaaaaay!

  19. The protection packages Priefer used were ineffective. The Punter always had bodies around him when he had to land. Way too much pressure, a blocked punt almost cost the Vikings a playoff game. I was happy to hear this.

  20. uncommon1 says:
    January 11, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    The Vikings have been good in the return game….
    ))))))))))))))))

    It helps when you have Percy Harvin and Cordarrelle Patterson as returners too.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!