The Vikings have reportedly found their replacement for Mike Priefer.
According to Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio, the Vikings have hired former Miami Dolphins assistant special teams coach Marwan Maalouf (pronounced mah-LOOF) as their new special teams coordinator.
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) January 21, 2019
Maalouf had been assistant special teams coach of the Dolphins since 2013. He worked under Darren Rizzi, another potential target for the Vikings as STC. In 2018, Miami’s special teams units ranked 22nd in the NFL per Pro Football Focus. In 2017 they ranked 6th.
Maalouf has one year of NFL experience as a Special Teams Coordinator. He spent the 2012 season in the lead role for the Indianapolis Colts. Prior to joining the Colts, Maalouf was the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Baltimore Ravens from 2008-2011. His first three years coaching in the NFL were spent as a Special Teams Quality Control Coach for the Cleveland Browns (2004-2006).
While his name might be unfamiliar, Maalouf has been a part of some excellent special teams units. He’s also worked with some standout players, including Adam Vinatieri (IND), Pat McAfee (IND), Joshua Cribbs (CLE), Sam Koch (BAL), and David Reed (BAL). Special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo (BAL), punter Brandon Fields (MIA) and kicker Billy Cundiff (BAL) have all enjoyed Pro Bowl seasons while working with Maalouf.