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Vikings announce new role for Rick Dennison, who was removed as offensive line coach due to COVID protocols

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Brett Carlsen / Contributor

The Minnesota Vikings have discovered a option to work issues out with Rick Dennison in any case. Dennison, who was eliminated as Minnesota’s offensive line coach Friday, will stay with the staff as a senior offensive adviser as a consequence of COVID-19 protocols. 

NFL protocols concerning the COVID vaccine state Tier 1 workers — which incorporates coaches — have to be vaccinated except its for non secular or medical causes. Dennison didn’t have an exemption so he was faraway from his function, although the Vikings remained involved with him concerning staying within the group. 

Dennison’s new function retains him with the Vikings, which head coach Mike Zimmer wished. 

“He is bought 40 years of expertise doing what he is doing,” Zimmer mentioned to reporters at Vikings camp Tuesday. “I felt prefer it was vital that we use him as a useful resource, however we additionally give him the chance to proceed to work. With the way in which the protocols are, he cannot be across the gamers in individual, however he has a lot data and a lot expertise that I felt like he might be an enormous assist.”

Minnesota formally named Phil Rauscher as offensive line coach (Dennison’s previous place) and added Ben Steele because the staff’s assistant offensive line coach. Rauscher has loads of expertise teaching an offensive line, having beforehand served because the offensive line coach for the Washington Soccer Staff in 2019. Within the 11 video games Rauscher served as offensive line coach — he was promoted in the course of the season — Washington totaled 1,239 dashing yards and averaged 4.62 yards per carry — good for eighth within the NFL. He joined the Vikings as an assistant offensive line coach in 2020. 

Steele is in his eighth NFL season as a head coach. He has ties with the Vikings group as a participant on the coaching camp roster in 2003 and 2004. Steele most lately coached with the Atlanta Falcons, overseeing tight ends in 2020 and spending 2019 as an offensive assistant. 

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