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Vikings Offseason 2012: Fred Pagac Out As Minnesota Defensive Coordinator, According To Report

Minnesota appears ready to make defensive changes for next season.

The Minnesota Vikings' rough season wasn't all due to a hobbled offense breaking in a rookie quarterback. The defensive decline on the other side of the ball also played a role and according to a report on, the performance of the defense will cost Fred Pagac his job as defensive coordinator.

The Vikings relieved Fred Pagac of his defensive coordinator duties Friday morning but have offered a job to return as linebackers coach, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.

The Vikings have not yet been informed whether Pagac, who coached the Vikings linebackers from 2006-10 before assuming the coordinator job last January, will embrace the demotion or look for work elsewhere.

Replacing Pagac isn't a big surprise since there have been reports of Minnesota showing interest in other defensive coaching while already firing defensive line coach Karl Dunbar. Among the possible candidates mentioned to take over the defense is former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary.

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