Johnson leaving Vikings, Jerry Gray joining them


The constant state of flux that is the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff appears to have taken another step toward finality Wednesday, as quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson has reportedly left the team to become the running backs coach for the New York Giants.

Johnson became the Vikings QB coach in 2011, the same year Minnesota drafted Christian Ponder 12th overall to be their franchise signal-caller.

That didn't work out so well, as Ponder was benched this year in favor of Josh Freeman and Matt Cassel.

Johnson's job with the Vikings was reportedly taken by Scott Turner earlier this week, who served as Cleveland Browns wide receivers coach under his father Norv last year, who is the new offensive coordinator in Minnesota.

The Vikings haven't confirmed any coaching changes aside from the hiring of head coach Mike Zimmer, but should Turner be in and Johnson out, Minnesota would be home to two father-son coaching duos, with Zimmer's son Adam reportedly joining his father's staff as well.

In other coaching news, former Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, who served under the recently fired Mike Munchak with Tennessee, will reportedly join Minnesota as the defensive backs coach.

Gray also served as defensive coordinator of the Bills from 2001-05, and 2013 Vikings defensive backs coach Joe Woods appears to now be out of a job, as he anticipated earlier this month.

Next Up

Teddy Bridgewater

Coller: It's a what-if Sunday with Teddy Bridgewater's return

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

Ambulance hospital emergency

15-month-old girl's death being investigated by police in Fargo

The child died four days after being found unresponsive.

PD Shimmers closeup

Man with Parkinson's lights up Plymouth with synchronized light show

"The best medicine I have for my disease is what I try to do with the light show," Mike Justak said.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.34.43 AM

Watch: Drunk squirrel in Minnesota captures the world's attention

The squirrel was immediately cut off after nearly tipping over.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.15.09 PM

Small town gym refusing to close facing lawsuit from attorney general

The gym is facing a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order to halt their operations.

credit card, payment

Money Gal Coaching: Bouncing back after living your best life

Kelly Blodgett started Money Gal Coaching after paying down nearly $50K in debt in 18 months.


When do stores open on Black Friday this year?

Many major retailers will be open Black Friday, some for extended hours.

police tape, crime scene

Man found dead outside home near Cass Lake

The man was reportedly shot outside the property.