Mike Priefer to leave Vikings, join Browns in same role

Ruben Hill
January 12, 2019

Since 2011, Priefer has been running the special teams for the Vikings.

According to the Star Tribune's Ben Goessling and Mark Craig on Friday, longtime Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer will not be returning the the team in 2019.

"My contract with the Vikings expired after this season and when the Vikings asked to re-sign me, I made a decision to humbly decline and have taken a new job with the Cleveland Browns", Priefer said in the statement to Pelissero.

That announcement is coming, eventually, and Kitchens has been working since Wednesday as the head coach.

After a season of multiple missed field goals and a kicker who was given the boot after a awful early-season game against the Green Bay Packers, the Vikings have chose to part ways with Priefer.

Per multiple reports, the Browns have interviews either lined up or already completed with potential defensive coordinators Chuck Pagano and Steve Wilks, as well as offensive coordinator candidates Jim Bob Cooter and Todd Monken. The Cardinals hired him away for the 2018 season to replace Bruce Arians, getting the coach of the Panthers' seventh-ranked defense in 2017.

Wilks was sacked after leading Arizona to a league-worst 3-13 record in which the team went through two offensive coordinators, two starting quarterbacks and a rash of injuries and inconsistent play.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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