The search has begun early for the Falcons trying to find a new offensive line coach to improve what has been one of the worst units in the NFL this year. But the Falcons first publicly known candidate, Jeff Davidson, has been denied permission by the Vikings to interview with any other team. The news was first broken by Fox Sports.
Davidson, the current Vikings O-line coach, has enjoyed success with the team over his tenure, which started in 2011. This year, the Vikings ranked eighth in the league in rushing yards per game at 130.1 yards per game, but gave up 44 sacks this year. The number of sacks given up matches the number the Falcons gave up this year as well.
The rushing output was far better than the Falcons though. Some of this of course can be attributed to Adrian Peterson, who is undoubtedly the league's best rusher.
But it doesn't seem to matter at this point what Davidson's track record is, the Vikings are not letting the Falcons even talk to him. So it appears that the Falcons will continue their search for a new offensive line coach elsewhere.
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