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Cottrell excited about Vikings' new-look defense

With at least five new starters on defense, it's up to Vikings defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell to get everyone on the same page.

Updated: May 16, 2005, 2:22 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Ted Cottrell has been through this before, having presided over the refurbishing of the New York Jets' defense in 2002, when the unit opened that season with six new starters.

Three years later, and entering his second season as the Minnesota Vikings' defensive coordinator, it's déjà vu all over again for Cottrell.

Statistically rated as the fifth-worst defense in 2004, having surrendered the seventh-most points in the league, the Vikings undertook an aggressive offseason overhaul ...

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