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Report: Scott Turner will be Vikings quarterbacks coach

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The Vikings haven’t formally announced any changes to the coaching staff other than Mike Zimmer replacing Leslie Frazier as the head coach, but those changes are being made.

Bill Musgrave, still listed on the Vikings website as offensive coordinator, is headed to Philly to be the quarterbacks coach and the team has hired Norv Turner and George Edwards as their offensive and defensive coordinator respectively. And it seems that Norv won’t be the only member of the Turner family on the staff.

Master Tesfatsion of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Scott Turner has been handling the team’s meetings with quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl, which suggests that he’ll be the quarterbacks coach for the Vikings in 2014. Turner served as the wide receivers coach with the Browns last season while his father was the team’s offensive coordinator.

Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd both said they met with the younger Turner and that the meetings went well. The Vikings are expected to look long and hard at all the quarterbacks in this year’s draft while trying to find a better answer than the three-headed one they employed to little success last season.

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  1. sdsmooth says: Jan 22, 2014 9:10 AM

    Going from Cleveland to Minnesota. Talk about a lateral move.

    From the mistake by the lake to the mistake with 10,000 lakes.

    Good luck coaching all the talented QBs in Minnesota Scott.

  2. savocabol1 says: Jan 22, 2014 9:11 AM

    He goes from Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell to Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman.

    What a resume.

  3. bigwilly17 says: Jan 22, 2014 9:23 AM

    Well considering he was WR coach in Cleveland, Josh Gordon’s 2013 season makes quite the Resume. Especially with Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell

  4. eastman420 says: Jan 22, 2014 9:25 AM

    Forgot about Hoyer.

  5. cursedvikingfan says: Jan 22, 2014 9:26 AM

    I love when people comment without even knowing what the hell they are talking about. He wasn’t even the QB coach in Cleveland. Freeman is a FA and Ponder is more than likely to be released.

  6. zinjaboy says: Jan 22, 2014 9:33 AM

    it’ll be like trying to raise the titanic with bubble gum. no, i’m afraid the shipwreck that is the vikings is gonna need a bit more than some hubba bubba.

  7. shiftyshellshocked says: Jan 22, 2014 9:33 AM

    Scott Evil

  8. sdsmooth says: Jan 22, 2014 9:44 AM

    From a grease fire to a dumpster fire.

  9. coonsqualler says: Jan 22, 2014 9:51 AM

    bigwilly17 says:
    Jan 22, 2014 9:23 AM

    Well considering he was WR coach in Cleveland, Josh Gordon’s 2013 season makes quite the Resume. Especially with Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell

    ——————————————————-

    While this is true, don’t forget we also had Little and Bess……..Maybe it wasn’t the WR Coach…

    Just Sayin’….

  10. bobby2478 says: Jan 22, 2014 9:57 AM

    If true, this would make perfect sense for Spielman and the Vikes. They can’t properly evaluate QB talent for the draft, and they’ve never been able to develop one that they have drafted.

    Bringing on a WR position coach as your QB coach makes a lot of sense (cough, sarcasm). Why not hire someone with a long track record of developing quality QB’s and likely contributing to the QB talent evaluation process in advance of the draft?

    Mark my words, they’ll waste their top pick on the best available QB, regardless of who it is. And inevitably, they’ll reach for some clown who their current scouting staff thinks is the best, and leaving people like Kapernick, Wilson or Dalton in the draft pool.

    They need to pull their head out of their rears.

  11. bobby2478 says: Jan 22, 2014 9:59 AM

    Hire a QB position coach like Brady worked with or Manning worked with, all they do is repetition working on mechanics and footwork and drill it in their head the right way to play the QB position. Without that knowledge, it’s a waste of time and money and a draft pick.

  12. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 22, 2014 10:02 AM

    With Adam Zimmer joining the staff as well, there shouldn’t be a problem with work/family balance on the Vikings staff.

  13. sdsmooth says: Jan 22, 2014 10:02 AM

    The two worst franchises in football exchanging a coach. Isn’t that cute.

  14. fwippel says: Jan 22, 2014 10:02 AM

    The selection of the next Viking QB should be very interesting.

    Ponder will cut, and honestly, he needs a fresh start someplace with an excellent QB coach. Freeman will be released, and we’ve likely seen the last of him in an NFL uniform.

    Cassel will likely be asked to stay, but he has the option to become a free agent. If that decision is made prior to the draft, it may determine whether the Vikings pick QB at #8, or wait until round two. Either way, I hope Rick Spielman will listen to his new coaching staff before making the decision. I trust the coaches on this a lot more than Spielman, especially after that disastrous reach for Ponder three years ago.

  15. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 22, 2014 10:03 AM

    Master Tesfatsion? Sounds like a Star Wars character.

  16. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 22, 2014 10:04 AM

    Hey Scotty, make sure you take a long look at Jimmy Garoppolo. I want Jimmy Football on my team next year.

  17. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 22, 2014 10:14 AM

    does anyone want to coach in Cleveland?

  18. mrmcl says: Jan 22, 2014 10:17 AM

    The best man for the job just so happens to be Norv’s son — huge break for the Vikes! I hope Norm has a couple more kids to help us round out the staff.

  19. cluelessdufus says: Jan 22, 2014 10:24 AM

    Hopefully they know what they are doing here. That #8 pick decides what the Vikings do for at least the decade. I ain’t no scouting coach, but Derek Carr looks like a intriguing pick and a realistic one for this franchise.

  20. davikes says: Jan 22, 2014 10:35 AM

    Just because he met with those two QB’s does not mean he’s the QB coach. He’s most likely just filling in because they don’t have a QB coach. They only have one official offensive coach hire, and he didn’t think it was important enough to go see those two, which makes me think that they are not in the plans.

  21. tremoluxman says: Jan 22, 2014 10:39 AM

    I’ll pose a question to all the geniuses here that my wife asks me when I sound off on football:

    “If you’re such an expert, why don’t you call the (fill in team ) and apply for the job?”

    Anyway, from the highlights I’ve seen of Logan Thomas, he looks like the type of QB the Vikings could use. He’s 6′ 6″, 250lbs., and can sling the long ball with accuracy. Doesn’t look skittish in the pocket, tough to bring down, and not afraid to run if he needs to. Mechanics and footwork look pretty solid, too.

  22. packerbackernj says: Jan 22, 2014 10:44 AM

    Deep draft. I like the move of hiring Zimmer and Turner. Now inject some talent besides peterson on this roster, and they might be fighting for second place sooner rather then later.

  23. whatjusthapped says: Jan 22, 2014 10:49 AM

    This might be semantics but how can you hire a QB coach when you don’t have any QB’s on the team?

    What do you expect the guy to do? Sweep out the men’s lavatory until the draft?

  24. brewdogg says: Jan 22, 2014 10:54 AM

    You all need to stop assuming that the Vikings will go QB at #8. Carr is not worthy of that spot, and to be honest, none of the ones that go before that warrant the risk of trading up. If Bortles falls, maybe… (not a big Manziel fan here) But look for the Vikings to either try to move down or address the front 7 with that first pick.

    New coaching staff will not likely pay the price to retain Allen or Williams in favor of bringing in their own guys. A NT to play up front with Floyd, Griffin, and Robison is needed, as is a SLB. Baar would be nice, but he won’t last that long, so it is likely Khalil Mack, CJ Mosely (meaning Henderson moves back to SLB) or Louis Nix.

    If the team moves back far enough to warrant an extra 2nd round pick, than it is possible that the first pick will be a G like David Yankey, although, depending on how far he rises between now and April, waiting until the second round for Xavier Su’a-Filo might end up being a better idea.

    Regardless, don’t expect a QB before the second round at the earliest. Think more along the lines of David Fales, AJ McCarron, or Aaron Murray for a couple years down the line. Norv & Son better polish up on their developmental skills…..

  25. purpleguy says: Jan 22, 2014 10:56 AM

    Not too psyched about this nepotism thing going on with the Vikings’ coaching staff.

  26. purplehaze28 says: Jan 22, 2014 10:59 AM

    There’s a guy in Mississippi that just showed some talent at coaching.
    He even got Joe Webb to look like a real QB when he was miked up, calling plays.

  27. brewdogg says: Jan 22, 2014 11:07 AM

    fwippel says: Jan 22, 2014 10:02 AM

    The selection of the next Viking QB should be very interesting.

    Ponder will cut, and honestly, he needs a fresh start someplace with an excellent QB coach. Freeman will be released, and we’ve likely seen the last of him in an NFL uniform.

    Cassel will likely be asked to stay, but he has the option to become a free agent. If that decision is made prior to the draft, it may determine whether the Vikings pick QB at #8, or wait until round two. Either way, I hope Rick Spielman will listen to his new coaching staff before making the decision. I trust the coaches on this a lot more than Spielman, especially after that disastrous reach for Ponder three years ago.
    ———————————-

    I think he stays, as long as Zimmer and Turner want him to be the starter for a couple of years. He still wants to start, and if the Vikings go with a developmental QB, he should have at least one more year as a starter to show other teams that he can still play. I don’t think there is going to be a whole lot of demand for him as a starter at this point.

    And I think Spielman knows that reaching for another QB and failing will cost him his job and career, because who is going to seriously consider him after that? If they reach for Carr, I kind of have to believe it is the coaches who wanted him.

  28. fwippel says: Jan 22, 2014 11:16 AM

    The only QBs worthy of that #8 pick (Manziel and Bridgewater) will be gone before the Vikings select.

    Not sold on Carr. Not sure about Bortles. I think they might be better off selecting a guy like Zach Mettenberger or Aaron Murray in round two.

  29. brewdogg says: Jan 22, 2014 11:26 AM

    whatjusthapped says: Jan 22, 2014 10:49 AM

    This might be semantics but how can you hire a QB coach when you don’t have any QB’s on the team?

    What do you expect the guy to do? Sweep out the men’s lavatory until the draft?
    ————————————-

    Orrrr…… You could get him involved with the selection of the QBs he will spend the next few years working with. Going the other way around is sort of like an arranged marriage.

    You know, my son thought like you not too long ago. Then he started dating and all of the sudden he wanted to know all the things he said he didn’t care about just a few months before. I don’t expect you to understand that, though….

  30. roarfrom384 says: Jan 22, 2014 11:38 AM

    Is it me or are the Vikings turning into a combination of the Bengals and the Browns? Am I the only one who thinks this is a bad idea?…..

  31. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 22, 2014 11:38 AM

    It should be an intriguing second round. At this point, it looks like the quarterbacks available at #8 won’t be worthy of that spot, but there will be multiple intriguing prospects available in the second round. Carr could even fall that far if the Vikings don’t take him, because how many teams after the Vikes pick are in need of a quarterback? My guess is Spielman, Zimmer, and Turner will identify the guy they like (Garoppolo, Mettenberger, McCarron, Boyd, Carr?) and trade up to the end of the first round to grab him.

  32. peoriaviking says: Jan 22, 2014 11:53 AM

    There was “success” last year????

  33. cluelessdufus says: Jan 22, 2014 12:15 PM

    What exactly does selecting in the middle get them? Mediocre as usual, If your considering Ponder back next year then your gonna see the same results and Cassel isn’t a starter either. This would just waste another year on Peterson’s career. In case we find Wilson 2.0 this is just stalling the future and they’re not bad enough to see Winston (if he declares) or Mariota fall to them next year. There is always the chance they consider Boyd, but that seems very unlikely for his skill set. They also have money if they don’t retain Allen and Williams to build the front through free agency.

  34. bryco9 says: Jan 22, 2014 1:16 PM

    trade back for the 16-22 pick and a 2-3rd pick, try to land fatman DT Louis Nix to plug the middle. LB or CB in the 2rd and use one of the two 3rd rounders on a QB. T. Boyd & D. Fales should both be available there, or look to trade a 3rd to N.E. for R. Mallet.

  35. deltaoracle says: Jan 22, 2014 4:17 PM

    Well it worked for Washington with the Shanahans…

  36. chasedbyturtles says: Jan 22, 2014 8:36 PM

    Rumor has It the Vikings are looking to move up to draft Manziel. Next they bring in a QB coach by the name of Favre and ESPN moves from Bristol to Minneapolis.

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