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Freed from complicated schemes, Vikings special teamers say they're feeling faster under Ryan Ficken

Josh Metellus was named Vikings special teams player of the year in 2020. Of course, that alone isn't saying a whole lot.

"We struggled some, yeah," Metellus said.

Yes. Yes, they did.

So much so that coach Mike Zimmer said a grumpy adios to special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf after just two seasons.

Count Metellus among those who didn't object to Zimmer's decision.

"We had a lot of stuff gameplan-wise where guys were thinking too much about what to do [rather] than just playing and making plays," Metellus said. "[Maalouf] was just making us play a little too slow, I think.