The Minnesota Vikings have announced the hire of Joe Marciano as the interim special teams coordinator while the team’s stated coordinator, Mike Priefer, sits out a suspension related to controversy stemming from homophobic statements Priefer was found to have said.

Joe Marciano has 28 years of experience in the NFL as a special teams coordinator and was going to live out his retirement, but came back for three weeks with the Vikings. He was in camp today and arrived in Mankato last night. Overall, he’s been an average special teams coordinator with the Texans, though it should be noted that as an expansion team, they’ve had less talent. From Football Outsiders:

Year DVOA Rank
2002 3.80% 8
2003 2.80% 7
2004 -4.20% 28
2005 5.50% 2
2006 -2.20% 22
2007 6.90% 3
2008 -0.10% 17
2009 2.40% 7
2010 -1.70% 23
2011 0.70% 13
2012 -7.70% 32
2013 -5.10% 29
TOT 0.09% 15.9

He’ll be with the team until that last week in order to hammer down on chemistry.