New OL Coach Davidson Brings Experience, Pedigree To Vikings

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 20, 2011 – 4:21 pm

Leslie Frazier has won a Super Bowl as both a player and a coach, and in his effort to guide the Vikings to a Super Bowl Frazier is surrounding himself with others who experienced success in the NFL. The latest example is Jeff Davidson, who has been hired by Frazier to be the Vikings OL coach.

Perhaps Vikings fans are unfamiliar with Davidson’s name, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t qualified for the job. In Davidson, Frazier has added an individual with a wide array of experience and a pedigree of being around successful football programs.

Before his coaching career began, Davidson attended and played football at Ohio State University, where he was a guard and was also named co-captain as a senior; Davidson’s father, Jim, also played at Ohio State and was both an All-American and captain. Davidson was a 5th-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 1990 and played 5 seasons in the Mile High City as both a LG and LT, where he was a part of a division-winning team that advanced to the AFC Championship Game following the 1991 season.

Davidson’s coaching career began in New Orleans (1995-96) and he’s also spent time with the Cleveland Browns (2005-06). But his 2 most notable stops have been with the New England Patriots (1997-2004) and the Carolina Panthers (2007-10).

With the Patriots, Davidson held titles of TEs coach, assistant OL coach and TEs/Assistant OL. As a member of Bill Belichick’s staff beginning in 2000, Davidson was part of Patriots teams that won 3 Super Bowls.

Most recently, though, Davidson was Carolina’s offensive coordinator. During Davidson’s 4 seasons in Carolina, the Panthers featured an explosive and dynamic rushing attack, something the Vikings will look to maintain with Adrian Peterson at RB.  In 2008 and 2009, the Panthers were led on the ground by DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, highlighted by Williams’ franchise-record 1,515 yards and 18 rushing TDs in 2008. Davidson also had a pair of offensive linemen earn Pro Bowl honors in Ryan Kalil at center in 2009 and Jordan Gross at tackle in 2008.

“One of the things I really liked about Jeff is that they were able to find a way with DeAngelo Williams along with Jonathan Stewart, to have two 1,000-yard rushers in the same backfield,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said on Thursday. “As you know, we have two outstanding backs in our minds with Adrian being the premier back in the National Football League and then Toby Gerhart, who’s a guy we have high hopes for. To be able to find a guy who understands and knows how to incorporate two very good backs in the run game was something that really kind of got my interest and I think it’s going to be a plus for us, the success they had running the football down in Carolina.”

Davidson wasn’t a Hall of Fame-caliber player and he’s not a household coaching name in Minnesota, but he is an individual who’s been on successful and Super Bowl-winning coaching staffs that have featured both talented offensive lines and powerful rushing attacks. With the Vikings, Davidson has the personnel in place to retool an offensive line that features talented and capable players. Davidson will also be a good teacher for any new offensive linemen the Vikings may bring in this offseason via free agency and the draft process.

Now it’s a matter of Davidson using that experience and pedigree to get the job done.

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68 Responses to “New OL Coach Davidson Brings Experience, Pedigree To Vikings”

  1. By PurplePeopleEater on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    So now let’s see if we can steal the RB coach from the Jets! He was able to turn some “has been” Ladanian Tomlinson into a top-ten man, so he should fit in perfectly with our staff!

    Okay, maybe it’s unrealistic. I don’t know, I haven’t researched it. But it would be a great way to finalize the coaching staff, wouldn’t it?

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    Survey Question for everyone, now that Frazier has just about completed his coaching staff chocies:

    How much leeway are you going to give him in his first year of coaching?
    A) He needs to get us into the playoffs or better.
    B) He needs to at least have an 8-8 season.
    C) I understand it’s his first year, so a repeat of 6-10 is still acceptable.
    D) I like Frazier so much that I’ll give him a free pass this year, knowing that he has a plan that will put us back on top for a good decade once all the pieces are in place!

  3. By CaribooBill on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Purple, I’ll give him a D, but he won’t need it. I like the direction he is taking the Vikings. Maybe some of the Panthers’ free agents will follow him.

  4. By king crie on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    Mike singletary is good im glad he’s a viking we needed him now let’s all work with or work against your choice me let’s! go! vikings!!!!

  5. By Rick on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    Cant help but be way optamistic, Coach is right on track surrounding himself with top notch management is a key building block to every business. Cant wait for the rubber to meet the pavement. Still purple always purple!!!!

  6. By 2011 on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    A lot of experience on this staff lets hope they don’t but heads, these are all guys that can call plays very interesting how this will pan out.

  7. By Arrow86 on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    Frazier has picked some sound coaches with successful backgrounds. This should be helpful in choosing players through free agency and the draft that have the traits these coaches have seen in their successful past players. Now, some sound personnel moves among players, a little patience and we could be onto something good!

  8. By Frederick Jones on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    I always wondered why Head Coaches don’t choose guys with NFL experience.

    I mean you don’t have to have been a great NFL player, but it’s gotta be good to have some professional playing experience if you are going to coach pros.

    So I feel good about this hire.

    Now maybe we can get some new offensive linemen to compete with the old ones!

  9. By Frederick Jones on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply


    I would choose answer D to your poll.

    Alot of things can happen. Sure we want to win, but usually it takes a 5 year plan to win the Super Bowl.

  10. By Shawn on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    LA working on building a stadium, Wilfs have LA connections ….,0,7459705.story

  11. By Shawn on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    I am excited about this new staff , BUT WHATS GOING ON WITH THE STATE AND A STADIUM … ITS GETTING SCARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. By Shawn on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    @ PurplePeopleEater ….. D

    I am going with D because the more i hear from Frazier the more im sold he’s tha man

    WE NEED A STADIUM!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. By Bob on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    Hope they draft mallett iso we can compete with rodger, cutler and stafford.

  14. By Frederick Jones on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you Shawn about the LA stadium.

    I guess we just have to hope that the Wilfs think enough of the Vikings tradition not to move.

    It would be neat to see the Rams back in LA, and the Cardinals back in St. Louis.

  15. By Frederick Jones on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    Well, the Vikings should consider drafting the next Dan Marino, if he’s out there.

    But even Dan Marino couldn’t have passed for 4000 yards with the Vikings porous offensive line in 2010!

    In fact he would probably get injured like the Lions rookie did this year.

  16. By Arrow86 on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not worrying about LA. Things will get done. We need to focus on the improvement of the team.

  17. By Titus on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    (practicing for next season)

  18. By Ricefield on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    I choose B.

    There is absolutely no reason not to believe that the Vikings will have a winning record at the end of next year.

    I wouldn’t expect more than 8-8 but an 8-8 record is perfectly acceptable.

  19. By mr smiff on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    His first move should be to dump McKinnie. Then I’ll know he’s for real.

  20. By animal26 on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    I think that the Vikings should Go First and 2nd round Offensive Tackle and Center. They need to trade the first pick for later first pick (I would say somewhere between pick 13-20 at the latest) then get their first round pick, plus there 2nd round pick. If we get 2 picks in the 2nd round and use them wisely. The vikings can Maybe draft that center from Florida( cant remember his name) and maybe if the Vikings are set on getting a Quarterback from this draft and he is still on the board, Pat Devlin from Delaware. That kid is the sleeper in this years draft I believe. We can use our first 2 draft picks for the offensive line, and the third 2nd round pick ( if we are able to get it) on Devlin.

  21. By animal26 on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    We shouldn’t dump him yet. I don’t like McKinney anymore then the next guy, but we have to see what he can do when training camp/Preseason comes around. If he still looks like the lazy butt he is.. Then we try to trade him. If we cant get anything for him, then we dump him.

  22. By Scott Owen on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Jeff, good luck in your new venture in Minnesota. I hope it works out for you and your family. Although I’m still a Carolina Panther and NY Giant fan.

  23. By Frederick Jones on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    @animal 26

    I like your approach to the draft. As long as we get a few good offensive linemen, I don’t really care too much how it’s accomplished.

    :) :) :) :) :)

  24. By Carl K on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    @ animal26 – I like your plan. trade down in the first round.. pick up and extra pick. Draft OL early. I also like Pat Devlin.

  25. By J.Vike on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    Hey all vikings fans, I know how bad we need an offensive line and I was wondering if any one knows about the following players in SI’s Top 10 Offensive linemen in the 2011 draft.

    #1 Tyron Smith, T/USC
    #2Derek Sherrod, T/Mississippi State
    #3 Anthony Castonzo, T/Boston College
    #4 Gabe Carimi, T/Wisconsin
    #5 Nate Solder, T/Colorado
    #6 Matt Reynolds, T/BYU
    #7 Stefen Wisniewski, C/Penn State
    #8 John Moffitt, G/Wisconsin
    #9 Rodney Hudson, G/Florida State
    #10 Marcus Cannon, OL/TCU

    What’s your opinion? Personally I think that we need to draft for versatility!

  26. By Okopuffs on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    All these moves will not amount to much without a successful draft. I will reserve my grading of Leslie Frazier until after the draft.

    In order of Priority
    – Offensive Line
    – Defensive Backs
    – Quarterback

    Let me explain: It is pointless trying to evaluate a QB or bring him along when your O-Line is floundering. It is equally pointless trying to evaluate a QB or bring him along when you are constantly asking him to play from behind.

    Just look at what the NY Jets have done with Sanchez. A stingy defense coupled with a good O-Line (running game is implied by the O-Line) and suddently the QB can actually make some mistakes without throwing the game away.

  27. By vikingsfan4life on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    Vince Young ???? are you guys out of your minds this guy is a headcase, and not only that what can he do for the vikings???? we need a vet QB not some headcase………not only that why are you guys hiring coach’s that got fired from other teams?????there are reason’s why they got fired in the first place…….at this rate you guys might win a superbowl in 2050……………………

  28. By Parody on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    vikingsfan4life – Have you ever been fired before? If not, then you’re dámn lucky. If so, then you should be telling your bosses that they’re all morons for giving you a second chance!

    Anyways, I think the only coach that we picked up who was fired this last season was Singletary. But he was fired from a head coaching job, and we’re taking him in as the LB coach, a much more focused position and one where he has proven success in.

  29. By viking on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    I hope young is not on the vikings radar his style of play will not suit the vikings. We need to get a poised and precision qb not a guy that has some mental issues didn’t he miss a chunk of time because he was depressed and didn’t believe in himself he didn’t think he could be a good qb or something. Vikings staff you are smart enough stay away and draft a qb mold him into a franchise so he can be better than rodgers, cutler, and stafford. Getting vy or any other washed up qb we will not stand a chance with the north all of the teams have settled good qb’s only the vikings they always seem to pickup the dirty trash and try to develop leftovers when they can start new.

  30. By viking on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not trying to be racist but african americans are not suited to play the qb position and none of them ever won a super with a african american under center. The reason being they love to run the ball more than throwing, they are athletic but poor pocket passers we do not need that. Culpepper was alright though he could air it out all day but he had small hands and couldn’t grip the ball and wasn’t poised he had accuracy problems also. With our staff I’m sure they can develop a young qb this team has a lot of weapons and will make it easy for a rookie to succeed.

  31. By Allen on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    I think the Vikings should draft Mike Pouncy because he plays C/G both and we all have seen the way his brother played for Pittsburgh. And he is some one who can contribute right away. I also like the way Leslie Frazier is going about his business.

  32. By Ham on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    @okopuffs The O-line has talent they’re just not getting the most out of it. That same O-line took us to the NFC championship last year. The Guards are getting old but that position doesn’t usually go until the 2nd or later. The biggest problem is the C and you can get a good center in round 5 or 6. Taking an oline in the first would be stupid. And as for DBs I doubt they’ll go CB too early unless a stud falls in place, the biggest need is safety, and those don’t go until the second round.

    @viking you’re racist. That’s just an ignorant statement.

  33. By Tim on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    i think frazier is heading us in the right direction.

  34. By Ricefield on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply


    “Rams back in LA…Cardinals back in St. Louis”

    Do you know how much that would PO St. Louis fans?

    They just got a franchise QB and are in a position to be a dynasty in the West. The Cardinals are still trying to rebuild. If the league take the Rams out of St. Louis and replace them with the Cardinals the city of St. Louis will revolt. As an exST.Louisan, I would prefer they keep things the way they are.

  35. By Ricefield on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    If LA wants a frickin’ team, they need to try the expansion route. They ain’t gettin’ the Vikes and the Rams are stayin’ put too.

  36. By Tim on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    viking guy no black QB ever won a superbowl but that dont mean one wont regardless there have been black QBs that are pure legends like moon mcnair and mcnabb they were saying the same thing about black couches too i dont think your coments are racist i just think your speaking your mind and theres nothing wrong with that

  37. By EEjack on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    Viking, that was a totally racist statement. Doug Williams won a super bowl with the redskins in SB XXII. Besides, its not always the QB. Lots of SB MVP’s were afro-american. And thru the years the NFL has had some great afro-american QB’s. I’d hate to see the overall talent level of the NFL if it was just caucasion. I’m white, but fully believe some of the greatest players in history were afro-american. And the vikings have had, and still have some of the best.
    You don’t deserve to even be a football fan with comments like that.

    Replace Mckinney and that line improves quickly. Give Webb a chance…he certainly didn’t do anything to make us believe he doesn’t deserve a shot. He very well could be the next Flacco or Ryan. We need safeties and corners…plain and simple. Our defense couldn’t stop the pass anytime there was a crucial situation. Our defensive backfield sux. period. Winfield is alone.
    Get help on O-line via free agency, draft DB’s.

  38. By Shawn on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    @vikingsfan4life … IGNORANT!!! The statement you made about the coaches is wrong / complete BS

    Musgrave was not fired …

    Davidson was not fired …

    Singleterry was fired as a head coach, but the 49ers gave him that job because he was a good LB coach which he will be for us … so technically your right but your comment is IGNORANT

    I dont know anything about the special teams coach so i will not make a comment about him … which is what you should have done

  39. By Shawn on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    the qb coach we got was a qb coach for 9ish seasons then was moved to RBs where he got fired from … he will be our QB coach

  40. By Shawn on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    I think Frazier has done a VERY GOOD JOB …

    as a defensive coach he signed 2 offensive coordinators Musgrave and Davidson , thats actually really smart

  41. By Shawn on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    @vikingsfan4life … in all fairness im with you on Vince Young

  42. By Carl K on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    Vince Young is not washed up! His stats this year were very impressive. A head case, yes! Washed up, no! ( he needs the right situation to thrive – I have confidence in our new coaches to make the right call on this one)

    The free agent QB market is not very impressive… and with the CBA agreement about to expire, trading for a good veteran is unlikely.

    If Young gets cut on Feb 7th. The Vikings could sign him at a low price. Teams are already signing guys to “reserve/future” contracts. This is mainly for practice squad players – and teams are limited to the number of “reserve/future” contracts they can use – but IF the Vikings are interested in Young, this will be the quick way to sign him and get him learning a new system before March 4th.

    If V. Young is not asking for a lot of money… sign him to the practice squad. If he is a problem…cut him in preseason.

  43. By Rogerthevikefan on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    You forgot one Randall Cunningham he nearly got us to the Super Bowl and we likely would have won it if not for Gary Anderson. Who is WHITE.

  44. By Shadowman on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    A mister VIKING you don’t know jack about football history because DOUG WILLIAMS the coach Gramblin (BLACK COLLEGE) won a superbowl with the

  45. By Titus on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, some comments straight from he-ll. Quit the racial comments. What ignorance. Complete ignorance. Most racists I have met are so tiny in the brain and so insecure because they have to find a reason to make someone else less than themselves so they can feel superior– in the end they are sitting in mud and filth. Disgusting.

  46. By viking on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    titus you are a moron I am not racist how do you know i’m not african american myself idiot. If i was racist I would of called them the n word I said african americans how is that racist. lol

  47. By mr smiff on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    viking, you don’t have to use racial slurs to be considered a racist. Your generalized comments about African Americans not being suited for the qb position is bigoted enough.

  48. By rza on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    you who think the vikes will move to la are morons.

    roger goodell met with the owners of the vikings and senators of minnesota and told them the vikings will be moving no where. he said he is committed to keeping this storied franchise where it belongs and says he will do whatever it takes to get us a new stadium.

    so shut up already you stupid packer fans who want us to leave. we are not going anywhere. purple for life.

  49. By Shawn on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    rza … they are all using positive talk … if there is no stadium vikings will move PERIOD

    they know Vikings staying in minnesota depends on MN politicians … so when they say vikings will not move , they ASSUME MN politicians are intelligent

    even though the politicians only need 500 million they want to spend 1 billion

  50. By rza on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    they arent going anywhere buddy

  51. By Shawn on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    @rza … i soooooooooo hope your right , i would love to have you calling me an idiot and whatever else as long as the Vikings stay in Minnesota

    All Im saying is we need to show serious concern …. because its possible!!!!

    Cleveland Browns were one of the most historical football teams ever and they moved …

  52. By redzone on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    Our new QB coach Craig Johnson appears to have a good relationship with Vince Young. The Startribune has a story about what Craig thinks of Vince.

    VY in purple!! I think I can live with it. He didn’t have any problems with his coach @ U of Texas. He won a national championship in college and he is 30-18 as a pro.

  53. By Ricefield on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    If Frazier wants him, I’ll live with it but immaturity is an issue. I think a coach like Frazier would be able to handle it though.

  54. By Titus on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    @Viking– I copied the following directly from your post– if this is not racist dialogue, then yes, I am a moron as you called me. The skills and abilities you discuss in the following are determined along racial lines. You sir, are a bigot.
    Wake up.

    but african americans are not suited to play the qb position and none of them ever won a super with a african american under center. The reason being they love to run the ball more than throwing,

  55. By Viking on Jan 22, 2011 | Reply

    Titus you are a moron, you probably dislike obama because he is african american anyways what difference does it make. I’m stating the facts not making it a racial situation. If I was racist I wouldn’t be using the term african american, what are you going to do fire me ? haha sorry I don’t have a talk show.

  56. By hammer21 on Jan 22, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats to Coach Frazier for getting the Vikings back to a little smash mouth football by hiring a offensive line coach who wants to pound the football with a great running back. The zone blocking scheme that chilly dog was running was not effective for 325lb linemen, and now with a offensive coordinator that has a kick a** offense. Now lets get a QB in the draft( Dalton , TCU)
    and one to get us through the next 2 years until he is ready.

  57. By hammer21 on Jan 22, 2011 | Reply

    Viking, you are not a MORON, because a moron has a brain, please do the rest of us a favor and become a Packer fan, then you will fit in with the rest of the HILLBILLY’S in this country.

  58. By Viking on Jan 22, 2011 | Reply

    Hammer mind your own business son don’t talk to daddy like that.

  59. By tman on Jan 22, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with you hammer, I like Dalton, alot! It would be nice to still have Sage in the mix if we got a young outstanding prospect in the draft to supplement him, we got Tjack, thx again Chilly. Thank god the nightmare is over……….

  60. By SD Native on Jan 22, 2011 | Reply

    our defense needs to improve on pass coverage, our cornerbacks need to step it up a bit,Jared needs more sacks, and need to blitz alot more, Also our offense needs to pass the ball more to our forgotten talented WR Berrian I know this guy is got explosive talent but he needs to shine now or lose him and play Hank Basket.

  61. By Titus on Jan 22, 2011 | Reply

    Viking, because you use the term African American is your sole reasoning for not being a bigot? Strange. When you make comments that blanket a race and define their skills and abilities by race– they are not good at QB and they tend to run and not pass– that is racist. It is hard to face the facts– at least you want to not be labeled a racist– but often we are in denial.

  62. By Titus on Jan 22, 2011 | Reply

    By the way, Viking, if you had more than one African-American friend, you would know that not all like the term, and most do not mind being called black. But does it matter? Why even mention skin color– science proves race is a cultural legacy and there actually is only one race– human race.

  63. By Viking on Jan 22, 2011 | Reply

    I think most do find it offensive and racist if you call them black.

  64. By Titus on Jan 22, 2011 | Reply

    I wrote from experience, not on what I think.

  65. By matt on Jan 23, 2011 | Reply

    Viking just made a statement, maybe he should have worded it differently but I suppose that is why we have the freedom of speech. I really hope frazier does not read these blogs because the last few sound more like an episode of Maury or Jerry Springer than constructive criticizm that could help our home team> What it comes down to is if the guy can play or not, give webb a chance, bring young in if we can get him for cheap and like carl said cut em if he does not cut the mustard or keep him as a backup, our D secondary sucks something awful, and McKinnie has to go cause he can’t move, and that is why favre got killed by the rookie from chicago. If we can’t block we can’t do anything, and if they pass and score touchdowns left and right we are going to have another losing season, baby steps

  66. By hammer21 on Jan 24, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings cannot afford to let McKinnie go at this point, we don’t have a lot of offensive linemen to brag about and ,the good thing is we have an offensive line coach that will use our linemen as road graders for Adrian. Lets add some young talent to our line get some d-back and safety help for the defense and use a second round pick and grab Andy Dalton – QB from TCU.

  67. By Kev on Jan 25, 2011 | Reply

    People are saying dump Mckinney, ever since Chilly got here the vikes tried to run a zone blocking scheme when you use smaller quicker linemen, right now we can’t block the quicker DEs with zone blkn. we have maullers for running over people. why do you think Matt Birk left for the same money, he spoke up against CHILDRESS and look what happened, nuff said. not saying we don’t some oline help. New coaches new ideas wait n see

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