Analyst Picks: Championship Sunday
"It was another opportunity to work together, first of all, and to win some more championships," Williams said Thursday, after signing a two-year contract.
Frazier, Williams and the rest of the Vikings have a lot of work to do coming off a 3-13 season, beginning with a depleted secondary that gave up a NFL-most 34 touchdown passes against only eight interceptions in 2011. Those struggles contributed to Frazier's decision to dismiss defensive line coach Karl Dunbar and demote defensive coordinator Fred Pagac to linebackers coach.
"Any time you get a chance to come in with a lot of the building blocks already in place, you want to jump at that," Williams said on a conference call.
Frazier said he also spoke with fired St. Louis coach Steve Spagnuolo, who later agreed to become the Saints' defensive coordinator, but the timing wasn't right.
"We were fortunate that Alan was available," Frazier said, adding: "I was a little nervous that we might not be able to get the guy I thought would be able to help us."
Brendan Daly, an assistant defensive line coach for the Vikings from 2006-08 who joined Spagnuolo's staff with the Rams in 2009, was hired by Frazier to replace Dunbar as the defensive line coach. Mike Singletary will remain an assistant head coach and a linebackers coach. Neither Frazier nor Williams said they were sure yet how Pagac's and Singletary's duties would be divided.
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