Adrian Peterson: Norv Turner the “perfect guy” to get us on right path

AP

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said Monday that he is “actually feeling pretty good” just a few days after having groin surgery and you can say the same about his thoughts on the team’s decision to hire Norv Turner as their offensive coordinator.

Peterson said Turner has “a brilliant mind, obviously” and that he’s particularly excited to see what that mind comes up with in the passing game.

“I’ll tell you, our pass offense has really struggled in the past couple years,” Peterson said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “I think [Turner] is going to be the perfect guy to come in and get us on the right path.”

The struggles of the Vikings passing offense have existed for most of Peterson’s time with the team. They’ve ranked in the top half of the league in passing yards just once in Peterson’s seven years with the team, leaving a lot of room for Turner to improve the passing game. Finding the right answer at quarterback would be a good way to start Turner on the road to achieving that goal.

86 responses to “Adrian Peterson: Norv Turner the “perfect guy” to get us on right path

  1. “I think [Turner] is going to be the perfect guy to come in and get us on the right path.”

    Sounds very familiar…oh yea…Jan 13′ press conference for the Browns.

  2. Emmit Smith & Tomlinson won the Rushing Title multiple times I believe, with him as Coordinator.

    Peterson can talk about the Passing Game – but inside he must be smiling about what Turner might do to improve the running game.

  3. Didn’t Norv just leave a team whose pass offense had been struggling? Man, he sure fixed that situation.

  4. Mike Vick starting for the Vikes next year? Just please don’t panic in the draft and pull/pick a Ponder. Turner will be an upgrade over Musgrave. My wife would be an upgrade over Musgrave

  5. Turner does good when he has a competent QB…

    The Vikings don’t even know who their starter is next season, and we all know Peterson can’t do it by himself. They still need an top 10 qb in the league if they are going anywhere.

  6. Turner did pretty well with the Browns considering their quarterbacks and running backs. I’d say Matt Cassel is better than Hoyer, Weeden, or Campbell. With Zimmer running the defense and Turner running the offense, it’s no wonder Packer fans are crying in their sleep.

  7. I’m jumping ship, I’m now a Vikings fan, the Vikings already won the division. Of coarse they win the division every pre season, maybe I’ll wait till next January.

  8. check yourself adrian!!! ask ladanian tomlinson how it worked out for him with norv turner… less and less touches each year he was there till he left!!! just some food for thought,turner is not a running backs best friend..his loyalties always lay with his qb’s…

  9. problem is vikings have no qb’s..they are all backup material!! aikman and rivers his best two qb’s he has coached are not walking thru that door!!!

  10. Norv will give Adrian the rock a lot. He obviously got a lot out of Ryan Matthews and he obviously doesn’t compare. I would expect to see more of the ’12 Peterson than this last season, especially with a fresh mind.

  11. Ponder will put them on the right path. Lol
    Vikings lost Harvin and Winfield. Then had half as many wins. Bottom of the nfc north. Vikings fans are so comical

  12. As a Packer fan, this does not worry us. A re-vamped coaching staff will not turn losers into winners overnight. There are more important things to worry about in Detroit and Chicago.

  13. If Norv has been hired, why haven’t the Vikings announced it? I assume everyone in the NFL coaching circle(s) is in the know, so what’s the point in waiting? Unless there’s a hang up…

    Skol Vikes
    Rebuild4.0 (Tice, Chili, Frazier, Zimmer)

  14. A note to guys like td40 (who sarcastically point out how great a job Turner did in turning the Browns pass game around) and the sad sack Browns fans being critical of him:

    He mainly had Captain Checkdowm (Campbell) and a poor man’s version of a poor man’s Chris Weinke (Weeden – and even saying he’s a few levels below Weinke is generous). The offense was never going to excel yet it at least looked better than you’d expect given the poor QB quality and Josh Gordon had a monster year even though the opposing defenses could key on him and very little else every week. I imagine Norv will enjoy a weapon like Coradelle.

    I’ll never forget Norv crafting a Skins offense that saw Brad Johnson throw for over 4,000 yards (back when that was well above the league average) not to mention coaxed (albeit briefly) some big things out of Michael Westbrook and Leslie Shepard. The Giants CBs in those days said they hated to face the Skins because they were always in for a long day, running up and down the field covering long routes.

    Simply put, Norv was ahead of the passing game curve then and unless you have one of the half dozen or so stud QBs you’d be happy to have Norv running your offense. I’d love to see him run the offense in Detroit.

  15. A.D. is right to be excited. Norv knows offense.

    As a Browns fan, losing Chud was only the 1st bone-headed move by our front office. They had to know they would lose Turner as a result. Losing Norv was the worst thing that could have happened to our offense. Banner deserves all the bad press he’s been getting!

  16. This isn’t a bad fit even with Ponder (for now) at QB. Turner may be a lousy HC, but is a great OC and very good at getting the most out of average QB talent. In 2003, the Dolphins went 10-6 in Turner’s offense with Jay Fiedler. In 2006, Alex Smith had arguably his best season as a pro with Turner as his OC. Even the 5-10 2001 Chargers (the only year Turner was actually the OC), were better than they had any right to be in a rebuilding year.

    Norv’s biggest fault is that he’s such a good OC that he constantly trick’s teams into giving him head coaching jobs. As an OC, the Vikings could do MUCH worse.

  17. I thought the successful groin surgery pertained to removing gbtrolls from All Days jock?
    Apparently not. Turners arrival must’ve instilled fear east of the Mississippi.

  18. Norvell, is not the answer AP, you need a good QB. and O and D line help, before the Vikes are a playoff team.

  19. I hope Peterson is right. I also hope Turner and Zimmer have a say in who Spielman drafts for the QB of the future.

    I still have nightmares about the 2011 draft, and remember yelling at the TV when Ponder was announced. If he had been selected in round 3, it wouldn’t have hurt as much. I wish Ponder the best, but I hope we’ve seen the last of him in a Viking uniform.

  20. That’s the best you got thepftpoet, I expected promises of glory, 2nd coming of Tarkington, purple people eaters and more.

  21. The NFC North goes through this every year with the Vikings, oh we’re a dynasty in the making, were gonna win the division on are way to the Superbowl blah blah blah

  22. Every year the local press is afraid to tell the truth about the vikings. Every off season is their year. Everything is perfect.

    The viking customers brag about going to the Super Bowl annually until September.

    Mindless chatter of the trophyless that do not know, is just Rex Ryan type noise that causes people to laugh at you.

    Get to .500 before attempting any bragging.

  23. The Vikings have won the NFC North/ Central Division Title more than any team in the division for the last 52 years. Oh yea, and the Packer fans bringing up Ladanian Tomlinson and Norv Turner, Tomlinson ended up with 13,684 yards rushing after an 11 year career. Good for 5th all time. Adrian Peterson has over 10,000 after 7 years. He will pass Tomlinson in less than 3 seasons. It will only help to have Norv increasing the passing game.

  24. It’s a good thing you classless Packer fans have that Super Bowl to keep ripping on the Vikings about. You all really need to get a life, my god, find a hobby.

  25. In Wisconsin that’s all they have is the SB to Bragg about kuz in reality there not much going on beside cow tipping n brewerys lol

  26. And the insane offseason champions begin even earlier this year.

    Too bad lavender larry minneanderthals are all hopped up on an inbred stupor to know what real football and real football fans look like.

  27. The people who are sayin turner didn’t help the browns passing game are a bunch of idiots. If I recall the were in the middle of the league in passing yards and im pretty sure josh gordan lead the league in receiveing yards. This was all done with 3 not so good QBs. So if that wasn’t an improvement from prior years then I don’t know what is. With AP, Patterson, Jennings, and Rudolph I think turner will have plenty of weapons to utilize they just gotta find a person to.get the ball to them.

  28. “I think [Turner] is going to be the perfect guy to come in and get us on the right path.”

    That’s what the last ten teams he worked for all said, too.

  29. I swear most people who post have no clue what they are talking about. So Turner’s offense wasn’t good in SD? How’s top ten every year sound? Yep just horrible. Norv didn’t improve the Browns offense? They had way more yards as an offense this year as last year. Passing offense was ranked in the top 15. And that’s with great QBs like Campbell, Weeden and Hoyer.

  30. hahahahahaa,,,, Norv turner just screwed your team. He hasn’t ever done anything….. lol……. but if I lived in Minnesota I would have to have anything to be positive about.

    Norv will be there 2 years before he is fired!!!

  31. I don’t care how good of an OC he really is, the Vikings still don’t have a franchise qb while all the other teams in the division are set.

    We go thru this every off season. The Vikings get a new coach or draft a player or sign a FA, all the Viking trolls are storming the PFT website to declare the missing piece, the next HOF player or the finally the right coach. And yet, in 2 out of the last 3 seasons, the Vikings finished in last place. A good prediction for this coming season also.

  32. youngs79 says:
    Jan 27, 2014 9:29 PM
    The Vikings have won the NFC North/ Central Division Title more than any team in the division for the last 52 years. Oh yea, and the Packer fans bringing up Ladanian Tomlinson and Norv Turner, Tomlinson ended up with 13,684 yards rushing after an 11 year career. Good for 5th all time. Adrian Peterson has over 10,000 after 7 years. He will pass Tomlinson in less than 3 seasons. It will only help to have Norv increasing the passing game
    ——————————————————————————————-Congrats on all your division titles to bad no one remembers them. People only remember championships which if I remember correctly the Vikings have ZERO!

  33. What’s up with the GB cheezies popping off about AD? Take a look at any home game @ Lambeau & you’ll see the disgusting sight of obese, shirtless Packer fans sitting there feverishly cramming hot sausage sandwiches & nachos down their pie holes. And those are just the GB women…..

  34. The Vikings need to drop Ponder like a bad habit.. as soon as possible. I don’t want to see another check-down or incomplete pass from him in a Vikings uniform.

  35. Norv is not a miracle worker.

    See: Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers

    However, the Vikings certainly are getting a lot of the right pieces in place.

    Still no quarterback though……….

  36. Turner may be the guy to get you lavender Larry toads on “the right path” to the 2holer in back of your trailer park residence because he’s about 100 years.

  37. Pack is #1, and the rest of you are all jealous. McCarthy is #1 coach and Rodgers will lead Packers to 15 more North Divison titles and the rest of the teams will lose no madder who is coaching. They could hire Mike Dikka and that wouldn’t make a diff. Go Pack Go !

  38. youngs79 says:
    Jan 27, 2014 9:29 PM

    The Vikings have won the NFC North/ Central Division Title more than any team in the division for the last 52 years.
    ———————————–

    I’m sure those division titles are keep the Lombardi trophies company in their showcace

    oh wait

  39. Peterson is excited that all the new coaches have an avearge age of 82. His versatility assures that the single-wing, the wedge, and the drop-kick will all be in play in 2014.

  40. Look, I understand Viking fans being excited about new coaches, but what bugs me about your fanbase is that you brag about things before they happen. I don’t care how many division titles you have or how many super bowls we have. The fact is is that until someone knocks off the packers, they’re the best in the division. It doesn’t matter how bad the packers record was this year. The fact is it was better than the bears, lions, and your beloved Vikings, WITHOUT the best player in the NFL. Stop sounding like trolls until you actually win at least a division title. Nobody respects a troll. I’m not trying to be mean. It’s just the honest mature truth.

  41. “In Wisconsin that’s all they have is the SB to Bragg about kuz in reality there not much going on beside cow tipping n brewerys lol”

    So subtract the SB rings and brewerys, what do you have? Minnesota.

  42. One thing Minnesota has and we don”t , you have 10,000 lake”s, and no supr bowl”s, we have won more super”s and we have fish in our lake”s.

  43. I have yet to see a single Viking fan predict a Super Bowl, not just this offseason but any offseason (that poet guy doesn’t count). But somehow Packer fans continue to express derision for all the Super Bowl predictions coming from Viking fans. Can we get some examples, please? All I’ve heard for the last three years from Packer fans are predictions of Super Bowl victories, but where are they?

  44. I agree with @ The Great Ted Thom….. I hear Packer fans constantly set up straw men, about all the Vikings predicting Super Bowl. If you read through the threads, I cant find any legit Vikings fan saying that. (Pftpoet is actually a Packer Fan) just like Logicalvoice isn’t actually a Skins fan. As a Vikings fan I see the potential to get better. We need a great Qb. Aaron Rodgers is hands down the best Qb in our division, so we have a long way to go. Having said that, the games with the Pack have historically been competetive. It should be a fun off season/ Fa /draft

  45. 40for60alldaybaby ….Hmmm, I can’t talk about how much better the Vikings are than the packers because they’re not. I can’t argue about super bowls because we don’t have any. I know I’ll call Packer fans fat and disgusting that will get them. Boy am I smart.

  46. I applaud the hire of Turner, but in all fairness to Musgrave the Vikings offense improved significantly once Ponder was pulled. That should tell you where the problem was.

  47. Spielman…..you are a genius…….work more magic in the draft!

    Move up to #2, and you have Bridgewater or Manziel……that would be LETHAL!

    I commend the Vikings organization for improvement n the coaching ranks.

    When you fall short…….heads role, as we aim to be the leader again, as usual, in the division.

    Let the 2nd placers-the Bears and packers-duel it out for 2nd place.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!