Jared Allen was one of the biggest names to switch teams during the offseason, but the defensive end wasn’t performing like a passrusher worthy of a six-year, $74 million contract during his first four games with Minnesota following his acquisition in a trade with Kansas City. Allen had just two sacks in his first four games with the Vikings when he decided to fly Bob Karmelowicz, his former position coach with the Chiefs, to Minnesota every Tuesday to watch film together and work on technique.
In the nine games since, Allen has 10.5 sacks, tying him for second in the NFC, and Minnesota is battling Chicago for the NFC North title.
“Karm believed in me when I was an unknown fourth rounder [in 2004 out of Idaho State] and helped turn me into a game-changing pass rusher,” Allen said. “Much of my success today is due to him. He’s the best out there, period.”
Karmelowicz, an NFL defensive line coach for Cincinnati (1992-93), Washington (1994-96), Kansas City (1997-2005) and Houston (2006) before working as a special assistant for the Texans in 2007, would like to get back in the league doing what he does best next season.
— David Elfin