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

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Williams himself was sacked at the conclusion of the season and replaced by Freddie Kitchens, the former Arizona assistant and Browns offensive coordinator.

Per multiple reports, the Browns have interviews either lined up or already completed with potential defensive coordinators Chuck Pagano and Steve Wilks, as well as offensive coordinator candidates Jim Bob Cooter and Todd Monken.

After a season of multiple missed field goals and a kicker who was given the boot after a bad early-season game against the Green Bay Packers, the Vikings have chose to part ways with Priefer.

Priefer has been with Minnesota since 2011 in the same job title, although he also had a stint as an interim head coach in 2016.

The Vikings will now look for a special teams coordinator.

Priefer has been with the team for 8 seasons. "Looking at his plan for 2019, I just didn't feel like it was a plan I wanted to get behind, that would turn us around and get us back to the type of football that we expect and our fans deserve". While a lack of big returns frustrated many, the real problem was undisciplined play which led to many penalties. His contract was up after the 2018 season and Priefer, who according to NFL Network was offered a contract to return to Minnesota, has made a decision to join the Cleveland Browns as their defensive coordinator.

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