To arrive at training camp – an event beset by COVID vaccine topsy-turvies – Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman conducted several personnel moves from January to July.
Foremost, the coaching staff was tweaked. Klint Kubiak replaced his father, Gary, as offensive coordinator — a move theorized to promote offensive continuity. Keenan McCardell was hired as wide receivers coach. Ryan Ficken got the call for special teams. And then Phil Rauscher replaced Rick Dennison as offensive line coach. Dennison pivots to a consultant-like role for the team.
Players were jettisoned. Longtime sentimental favorite, Kyle Rudolph, joined the New York Giants along with EDGE rusher Ifeadi Odenigbo.