Offensive line coach Jeff Davidson is well respected around the league and within the Vikings organization. Time and again his players praise his approach, the media marvels at his command, and results show up in the form of Adrian Peterson’s rushing totals.
With Leslie Frazier fired, however, Davidson’s future with the team is as uncertain as any of his coworkers’ and the Atlanta Falcons wanted to give him the opportunity to bolt early.
According to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports, Atlanta requested an interview with Davidson Thursday, as they currently have a vacancy at his position. The interesting part is that the Vikings denied their request and, by doing so, have greatly hindered his ability to find employment elsewhere.
At this time it is unclear what Minnesota’s motivations are for denying the request. It is possible that Rick Spielman really wants to retain Davidson and hopes his new head coaching hire agrees. It is not totally impossible that Davidson could get some consideration at a position of elevated responsibility such as Offensive Coordinator or Assistant Head Coach.
It is also entirely possible that Spielman is just being really conservative, maintaining rights to an asset of his, as some show of gamesmanship with an NFC opponent at the expense of an employee’s career potential.
Regardless of the motivations, Davidson is still a member of the Vikings, but the hammer will drop soon on a number of the team’s assistants and Davidson could very well end up being one of them.