The Vikings finalized their 2020 coaching staff on Wednesday, and the announcement came with a promotion for one of the most respected assistant coaches in the NFL.
Andre Patterson, who is going into his 18th season as NFL defensive line coach, now has a new title in Minnesota: assistant head coach. It's a well-deserved promotion for Mike Zimmer's right hand man, who is also a co-defensive coordinator for the Vikings and their DL coach.
Patterson, 60, has been coaching at the high school, college, or NFL level since 1982. He got his first NFL gig as the Patriots' defensive line coach in 1997, then spent two seasons in that role with the Vikings under Dennis Green. After stops with the Cowboys, Browns, Broncos, and a return to college, he came back to Minnesota in 2014 and has been with Zimmer ever since.
It's hard to find a coach or person in the NFL who is more universally respected and loved than Patterson. He's a phenomenal coach and leader who played a huge role in developing Danielle Hunter into one of the premiere pass rushers in the league. Patterson is also a leader of the Vikings' social justice committee.