Even Vikings fans may not have taken much notice. But the signing of Loeffler guarantees that one of the three phases of the Vikings game – the specialists – are locked down moving forward at a time that could see marked and considerable turnover over the next several months.
Loeffler said negotiations on an extension had been underway over the last couple of weeks and that he was glad to get an extension done.
"My family is in Minnesota and we love it here," said Loeffler, who played in his 100th straight game with the Vikings last month. "When the contract stuff came up, it was an easy decision. I wanted to stay. We have a good thing going here and I'm happy to be part of it."
That "good thing" is a trio of specialists that work like a well-oiled machine. Loeffler has been an incredibly consistent snapper on punts, field goals and extra points. Punter Chris Kluwe catches all of Loeffler's snaps as both the punter and holder and Ryan Longwell kicks the potential game-winning points off of what they do.
It is difficult to get a rapport between specialists, primarily because holders are typically the backup quarterbacks. Because the Vikings employ their punter as their holder, all three of them work together and they have built an on-field chemistry that works for all of them.
"We've been fortunate to be together for so long," Longwell said. "We work on our timing and it just always seems to be there. It's a timing that has been built over years of practices and thousands of snaps. They have it down. A three-man operation that has been as effective as any in the league.
"We're all really comfortable with each other and know that we all three have to work together to be successful," Loeffler said. "When we re-signed [Longwell] this summer, Chris and I were both happy because we know we do our best working together. Staying with the Vikings was what I was hoping to do. I'm glad we got it done and keep all of us together."
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.