Vikings add Rick Dennison, Marwan Maalouf to coaching staff

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The Vikings have finalized their coaching staff for next season and it includes a longtime assistant of new assistant head coach/offensive advisor Gary Kubiak.

Rick Dennison has been hired as the team’s offensive line coach/run game coordinator. Dennison spent four years on the Texans staff when Kubiak was the head coach in Houston, moved to Baltimore for a year while Kubiak was the Ravens offensive coordinator and then served under Kubiak during his two years as the Broncos head coach. Dennison was with the Bills in 2017 and Jets in 2018.

The Vikings also announced that Marwan Maalouf will be their special teams coordinator. He spent the last six seasons working as Darren Rizzi’s assistant with the Dolphins and spent 2012 as the special teams coordinator for the Colts.

Drew Petzing was promoted from assistant wide receivers coach to wide receivers coach to round out the changes to the staff in Minnesota.

20 responses to “Vikings add Rick Dennison, Marwan Maalouf to coaching staff

  1. Fix that o-line. re-sign Sheldon Richardson, Barr and Griffen will likely be cap casualties, this team sorely needs some players to step up as leaders. The talent is there,(minus O-Line) now we will see if the coaching is. 2 people will have some hard questions to answer if this team is not competitive this coming season.

  2. This had all been in the works for quite some time, but it does look like Terrance Newman isn’t on the 2019 coaching roster — I wonder what’s up with that?

  3. Dennison seems like the right guy to coach the offensive line in the zone blocking scheme they’ll be instituting. I’m looking forward to some huge changes in both personnel and scheme on that offensive line. Nowhere to go but up.

  4. purpleguy says:
    February 8, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    This had all been in the works for quite some time, but it does look like Terrance Newman isn’t on the 2019 coaching roster — I wonder what’s up with that?

    My guess is he tried coaching for a year and decided it was more fun to enjoy his riches and wine. Coaching is a lot of work and he didn’t really have much time to think about it when the job was offered to him last year.

  5. It’s an interesting situation that the Vikings’ have created here. You’ve brought in Gary Kubiak with his son and his guys Rick Dennison and Brian Pariani. Then you have Zimmer as a lame duck with his guys. Essentially, there are two coaching factions here. If there are no egos and the chain of command runs smoothly, it may turn out to be a good thing.

    But, if Kubiak’s guys are loyal to him and not accepting of direction from Zimmer, or chattering behind Zimmer’s back and second-guessing or undermining Stefanski’s decisions, or if they feel they aren’t truly working for Zimmer and are working for Spielman or management, there are most likely going to be problems.

    It may be that this has been foisted upon Zimmer- I severely doubt that Zimmer just coincidentally decided that Brian Pariani was his #1 choice at TE coach, Rick Dennison was his #1 choice at O-line, etc. And if that’ the case, it should be clear to Zimmer that the Vikings’ management has brought an outside group in that has worked together before, and that his successors may already be in the building. It also makes Zimmer look weaker in the eyes of his players and around the league.

    I realize that Vikings fans think this is all good because they’ve brought in recognizable names. It could be, or it could be a disaster. Zimmer isn’t a consensus-builder. If these four guys aren’t truly his choices, or if Zimmer has no say over the offense, then there are two head coaches running this team.

  6. purpleguy says:
    February 8, 2019 at 12:38 pm
    This had all been in the works for quite some time, but it does look like Terrance Newman isn’t on the 2019 coaching roster — I wonder what’s up with that?

    Probably has something to do with making sure players follow the head coaches game plan… we know he wasnt always on the same page as far as that goes.

  7. Is anyone getting the feeling that if we struggle this year on offense Kubiak will be taking over in 2020? Almost seems like a shot across Zimmers bow! It’s fantastic to have a top rated defense. However if you can’t run the ball, and or score points in the NFL you will be watching the playoffs, or be a wild card that gets destroyed in round one. Yes, I realize there are exceptions to that, but how often? Our D must go back to the very good D they were just a couple years ago, and we need to score consistently. We have enough talent (with the exception of the O line). Let’s finally get it done.

  8. I agree with all the other Vikings fans who find this this new situation with Kubiak unsettling and organizationally unsound. It has more potential for disaster then it does for success given all the Kubiak people who are clearly loyal to him and vice versa. But Kubiak has had opportunities to be a head coach again and didn’t want them. He has some health concerns. This is the kind of thing that only works if everyone is committed to making it work. I have my fingers crossed that this is the case , But also a deep concern that it might not be.

  9. The Vikings are signing ex Jets and Bills coaches….CRAP, Looks like it is going to be another Loooong season 8-8.. AT BEST. And signing Kubiak as an Offensive Advisor??? This shows how NOT in Touch Rick Spielman is with players and Coaches. This shows no faith in
    Stefanski… Who gets the nod if there is a disagreement?
    This is exactly why the Vikings have gone no where… No Strong Owner, hiring a shim sham GM, fights and misgivings in coaching.. Remember the team 2 years in a row having teams jump them in the draft because they couldn’t make up their mind… # train wreck…

  10. I love to see a lot of arm chair gm’s here as feedback. Probably a bunch of cheeseheads that have more problems than the men in purple.

  11. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    February 8, 2019 at 4:33 pm
    The two millionth and two millionth and first “missing piece(s) of the puzzle.”
    At least you have 6 months til training camp. You can dedicate an entire month to each of the packer wins. Look out the lions are right behind you for third next year!

  12. cheeseisfattening says:
    February 8, 2019 at 1:53 pm
    Good to see nobody in here acting like this was the best and greatest hire by the Vikings


    Not to toot my own horn but I said these are the best two coaches out there.👍👏
    Mmmmmmmm, who am I?

  13. cheeseisfattening says:
    February 8, 2019 at 1:53 pm
    Good to see nobody in here acting like this was the best and greatest hire by the Vikings

    Cheesey…….we’re all very proud of you. You’re being such a good boy!

  14. So we now know that the offense is Kubiak’s playground. Zone scheme and play action scheme(something that Coach Flop, I mean Flip couldn’t digest) that fits the skilled players well. Now can the OL be fixed without giving up to much talent on the D side(Sendejo, Barr, Richardson,etc.). That’s Zimmer’s baby so we are in good hands. Some say Zimmer’s job is in peril, I suggest the hangman may be coming for Spielman. He has either had bad evaluation in the scouting department or just doesn’t value the fact that without a good OL it hinders your skill players useless. I see Kubiak scripting the scheme weekly and handing it off to the OC to implement on game day. Kubiak will be in a position to evaluate the OL via FA and Draft. With Zimmer calling the shots on D selections. Comes to reason outside of the franatic draft day wheeling and dealing from Trader Rick that waters down the talent by trading down. Is Kubiak being positioned to be our next GM?

  15. Ground-up total and compete rebuild, starting with an unnecessary, overpaid guarantee last year at the most important position on the team and another unnecessary, wait-and-see-what-happens, lame-duck, out-of-touch head coach this year. No wonder the trolls are on the warpath. Their legitimate frustration has been extended to fifty-nine years.

  16. Yeah too bad the Vikings overpaid QB had the nerve to win more games overall and outperform the overrated injury prone QB in Wisconsin in their head to head match ups. Let me guess though – the packers as the team to beat at least they are consistent in their third place finishes

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