Allen’s ‘coach’ gets a new job

February 14th, 2009 – 1:50 PM by Judd Zulgad

Jared Allen never seemed to want to get too in-depth on the subject, but the Pro Bowl defensive end did acknowledge last December that after struggling early in the year he decided to hire his old line coach, Bob Karmelowicz, to help him out on a free-lance basis. Karmelowicz had been Allen’s position coach with the Kansas City Chiefs but he was unemployed this past season and thus Allen started paying for Karmelowicz to travel to Minnesota each Tuesday.

The two would look at film and go over Allen’s technique. There was no question that it worked. Allen, obtained by the Vikings from the Chiefs last April, had two sacks in the Vikings’ first five games but finished with 14.5 for the regular season, despite battling shoulder and knee injuries. “He helps me with my body mechanics,” Allen said. “He’s a great coach, and it’s always good sometimes to get an outside point of view.”

Unfortuntely for Allen, he won’t be getting Karmelowicz’s point of view any longer. Karmelowicz, whose last NFL job had been with the Houston Texans, has been hired by the Detroit Lions as their defensive line coach. Allen might be sorry to lose Karmelowicz but judging from what he told Adam Schefter of the NFL Network a few months back, there is no doubt he is happy for his former coach.

“I trust Karm and believe in what he says,” Allen said. “He belongs in the league; he can make anyone better.”  

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