The Minnesota Vikings and assistant coach Rick Dennison have parted methods after the coach refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine, in accordance with ESPN. He’s believed to be the primary place coach to maneuver on from his group due to the vaccine.
The transfer comes a day after an NFL memo revealed that groups will probably be compelled to forfeit if there’s a COVID-19 outbreak ensuing from unvaccinated gamers. The rule was set to encourage gamers and coaches to obtain the vaccine.
Any workers member who’s labeled a “Tier 1” member is required to obtain the vaccine. The league has additionally mentioned that any unvaccinated Tier 1 member has to offer a spiritual or medical purpose to not obtain it. In the event that they don’t, they’d be stripped of their top-tier standing and would face excessive protocols all through the season. Solely Tier 1 members will be on the sphere and within the assembly room with their gamers.
Dennison was the Vikings’ offensive line coach/run sport coordinator the previous two seasons. He has coached within the league for 27 years and has had stints with the Denver Broncos (1995-2009, 2015-16), Houston Texans (2010-13) and Baltimore Ravens (2014). He was additionally the Jets offensive line coach and run sport coordinator in 2018 below Todd Bowles.
In a corresponding transfer, Phil Rauscher has been promoted from assistant offensive line coach. Rauscher has coached within the NFL for seven seasons. Earlier than becoming a member of the Vikings, he was the offensive line coach in Washington. They’ve additionally employed Ben Steele to interchange Rauscher because the assistant offensive line coach.