Vikings allow Ferraro to talk to Rams

January 21st, 2009 – 5:48 PM by Judd Zulgad

Vikings special teams coordinator Paul Ferraro has received permission to talk to the St. Louis Rams about a position on their coaching staff, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

Ferraro and new Rams coach Steve Spagnoulo are long-time friends and played college football together at Springfield (Mass.) College. Ferraro, who has been the Vikings special teams coordinator since Brad Childress took over as head coach in 2006, likely will talk to the Rams about coaching their special teams.

Childress offered a no comment to Viking Update today when asked about a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report that the Rams had asked for permission to talk to Ferraro. Childress, who is in Mobile, Ala., scouting at the Senior Bowl, could have said no to the Rams because Ferraro has a year left on his contract with the Vikings.

It’s probably a safe assumption that Ferraro will get the job in St. Louis, leaving the Vikings looking for a special teams coach. Brian Murphy, who has served as Ferraro’s assistant, would be an obvious candidate.

Spagnoulo was named the Rams coach last weekend, beating out Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for the job, and has been putting his coaching staff together while in Mobile. Pat Shurmur, who had been the quarterbacks coach with the Eagles, has been hired as the Rams offensive coordinator and Ken Flajole, who had been the linebackers coach at Carolina, is the new defensive coordinator.


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