Vikings Add Assistant DBs Coach

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 15, 2010 – 5:11 pm

Matt Sheldon is the newest member of the Vikings coaching staff. The Vikings announced his addition to the staff – as an assistant DBs coach – on Monday afternoon.

Although Sheldon is a new member of the Vikings staff, he’s not new to Minnesota. Sheldon was a DB for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers in the 1990s before moving on to a career in coaching. His first taste of coaching came as a defensive graduate assistant (secondary) with a Gophers rival, the University of Wisconsin (1997-1999).

While at Wisconsin, Sheldon was part of a Badgers squad whose defense led the nation in 1998 and who became the 1st team in Big Ten history to win Rose Bowls in consecutive seasons (1998-1999).

Now, Sheldon is heading into his 10th season coaching in the NFL. Prior to joining the Vikings, Sheldon spent 4 seasons coaching LBs with the Buffalo Bills. While Sheldon was in Buffalo, the team’s LBs were instrumental to the team ranking #2 in the NFL in pass defense. The unit was led by middle LB Paul Posluszny, who emerged as a playmaking force in the Buffalo defense.

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