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02-05-2006, 07:16 PM

Childress hires more new assistants

• Although the Vikings did not announce it, coach Brad Childress apparently has hired two more assistant coaches. The team's website now lists Chad O'Shea, formerly an assistant special teams coach in Kansas City, as an offensive assistant. Martin Streight, a former assistant for Arizona and Philadelphia, is listed as assistant strength and conditioning coach. The additions of O'Shea and Streight bring Childress' staff total to 19.

• The team's website also listed two assistant trainers who apparently have joined new head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman's staff: Rob Roche and Tom Hunkele. The team hasn't announced the additions, nor has it acknowledged the decision to part ways with former trainer Chuck Barta, who had been with the Vikings for 21 years.

(Anyone know how many were on Tice's staff?)

02-05-2006, 07:20 PM
I found this on another site but no link was noted:
The Vikings added three more coaches to their 2006 staff, which is considerably larger than the coaches the team had when Red McCombs was owner.

There were certain cost-cutting measures that former Vikings owner Red McCombs put in place to maximize his profits. Among them was making Mike Tice the lowest paid head coach in the NFL and forcing others to double-up duties -- like making Steve Loney serve as both offensive coordinator and offensive line coach (with mixed results).

Under the Wilf ownership group, that has clearly changed. Brad Childress added three more coaches to the staff late this week with little in the way of fanfare.

The team signed Chad O'Shea to serve as the team's assistant special teams coach. O'Shea spent the last two years as assistant special teams coach with the Chiefs, learning at the feet of special teams guru Frank Gansz. He spent the previous six year coaching in the college game -- three each with University of Houston and Southern Mississippi Univerity.

The second new coach is quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers, who has 27 years of coaching experience. He spent the last four season at Virginia Tech, where he helped develop troubled QB Marcus Vick. Prior to that, he was QB coach from 1999-2001 at Notre Dame and 1991-98 at Syracuse, where he helped develop Donovan McNabb.

Finally, the team added Martin Streight as its new assistant strength and conditioning coach. Streight spent the last couple of years coaching in NFL Europe, but has NFL expeirence in the same capacity he'll have with the Vikings with both the Cardinals and Eagles.

The Vikings have built up a solid coaching staff of men with a wealth of experience -- yet another sign that the Wilfs intend to make good on their pledge to make the Vikings better from the inside out.