Mike Priefer departs as Vikings' special teams coordinator, will join Browns

  • Mike Priefer departs as Vikings' special teams coordinator, will join Browns

Mike Priefer departs as Vikings' special teams coordinator, will join Browns

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 made a decision to part ways with Priefer.

Mike Priefer is out as the Minnesota Vikings special teams coach.

The Star Tribune is reporting that Mike Priefer will not be returning as special teams coordinator.

In 2018, the Vikings were first in field goals made, 10th in punts inside the 20, 12th in extra point percentage, 13th in the National Football League in average kick return yards, 21st in net punt yards, and 28th in punt return yards.

Priefer also released the statement tweeted by Tom Pelissero.

Priefer has been with the team for 8 seasons. In 2014, he even filled in as the team's head coach for one game while Zimmer healed from eye surgery. Amos Jones has taken the majority of the heat for that, but will not be back in 2019.

According to NFLPenalties.com, Cleveland was sixth in the National Football League in special teams flags in 2018 whereas Minnesota was No. 20.

Priefer's main job will be getting this team to play smart football and not setting the offense up in bad positions on returns due to those penalties.