Report: George Edwards to be Vikings defensive coordinator

George Edwards will reportedly join Mike Zimmer in Minnesota. (USATSI)
George Edwards will reportedly join Mike Zimmer in Minnesota. (USATSI)

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A day after the Vikings hired Mike Zimmer as their head coach, the former Bengals defensive coordinator is moving quickly to assemble his staff. Dolphins linebackers coach George Edwards will be the Vikings' defensive coordinator, according to's Alex Marvez.

Meanwhile, former Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner, is close to a deal with the Vikings to serve in that same capacity, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Minnesota won just five games during the 2013 season and they struggled on both sides of the ball. The defense ranked 26th, according to Football Outsiders, while the offense was 17th, thanks largely to Adrian Peterson and the running game.

Edwards will be charged with shoring up a unit that was 29th against the pass, a task that won't be easy given that the Vikings face Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford six times each season.

Turner is known for getting the most out of young quarterbacks, though that didn't happen in his one season with the Browns. And it's unclear if Turner will get that chance with Christian Ponder, the Vikings' former first-round pick who has been a disappointment during his three-year career.

Minnesota will pick eighth in the 2014 NFL Draft and's Rob Rang has the team taking UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr while Dane Brugler favors Fresno St. quarterback Derek Carr.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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