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


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.

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  1. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 27, 2014 7:13 PM

    I trust Adrian Peterson to know all about the right path.

    How many illegitimate kids does he have?


  2. mackcarrington says: Jan 27, 2014 7:15 PM

    Did Peterson just throw Ponder under the bus in a roundabout way?

  3. mustangseo says: Jan 27, 2014 7:16 PM

    “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.

  4. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Jan 27, 2014 7:17 PM

    Won’t it be great when the Vikings move to LA? Thumbs up for “yes”. Thumbs down for “I can’t wait!”

  5. cmarsh164 says: Jan 27, 2014 7:18 PM

    maybe Turner should look at Mark Sanchez for help.

  6. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 27, 2014 7:20 PM

    I thought Priefer was the keeper of the oath…

  7. pappavike says: Jan 27, 2014 7:20 PM

    He’s Right!!!

  8. thevikesarebest says: Jan 27, 2014 7:21 PM

    You dam str8 the vikings are gonna take over the NFC north and smack the crap out of the packers everyyear.Ya Dig.SKOL!

  9. joe3001 says: Jan 27, 2014 7:24 PM

    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.

  10. td40 says: Jan 27, 2014 7:26 PM

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

  11. audient says: Jan 27, 2014 7:29 PM

    I hope it works out better for your team than it did for ours.

    – Browns fan

  12. walkers8484 says: Jan 27, 2014 7:30 PM

    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

  13. shaggytoodle says: Jan 27, 2014 7:32 PM

    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.

  14. dragonfly99 says: Jan 27, 2014 7:35 PM

    Norv Turner is absolutely the perfect guy if you have Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin all in their prime.

  15. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 27, 2014 7:37 PM

    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.

  16. indycheezhed says: Jan 27, 2014 7:40 PM

    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.

  17. rohlo says: Jan 27, 2014 7:41 PM

    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…

  18. tomcreanshair says: Jan 27, 2014 7:41 PM

    Vikings? LA? So……do they make you eat with the rest of the patients?

  19. rohlo says: Jan 27, 2014 7:43 PM

    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!!!

  20. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 27, 2014 7:44 PM

    Norv told him that he didn’t care if they went 1-15, as long as Adrian broke Eric Dickerson’s record.

  21. schleusryn says: Jan 27, 2014 7:45 PM

    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.

  22. seatownballers says: Jan 27, 2014 7:47 PM

    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

  23. schleusryn says: Jan 27, 2014 7:49 PM

    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.

  24. seatownballers says: Jan 27, 2014 7:50 PM

    The symbol of hope, and the correct path is Minnesota going 6-9-1 next season

  25. vikingsguy says: Jan 27, 2014 7:54 PM

    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)

  26. touchdownroddywhite says: Jan 27, 2014 7:55 PM

    Rohlo gets it. Norv made life harder and harder on LT by the year…

  27. dabmasterhap says: Jan 27, 2014 7:58 PM

    The game is passing Norv by. The Dallas style once was ahead of the curve, now it’s becoming passé…

  28. spg3081 says: Jan 27, 2014 8:01 PM

    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.

  29. braincake63 says: Jan 27, 2014 8:04 PM

    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!

  30. socalskinsfan says: Jan 27, 2014 8:05 PM

    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.

  31. unitasftw says: Jan 27, 2014 8:08 PM


  32. GenXJay says: Jan 27, 2014 8:11 PM

    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.

  33. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 27, 2014 8:23 PM

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

  34. ariani1985 says: Jan 27, 2014 8:24 PM

    Adrian, thank goodness you don’t have meetings with mike Mccarthy, he would steal your lunch!

  35. deflateddome says: Jan 27, 2014 8:28 PM

    Capers just filled his pants…

  36. fwippel says: Jan 27, 2014 8:31 PM

    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.

  37. gb4mn0 says: Jan 27, 2014 8:35 PM

    You lavender Larry toads stand a better chance of seeing God than ever winning a SB.

  38. hawkforlife says: Jan 27, 2014 8:44 PM

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

  39. teambringitstrong says: Jan 27, 2014 8:44 PM

    I hate ALL things Minnesota!! So, I’m biased. As much as I like Norvel and his family (we would fly up from SoCal for Raider games when he was HC) I hope he fails miserably.

  40. jjh1982 says: Jan 27, 2014 9:03 PM

    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

  41. jc1958cool says: Jan 27, 2014 9:14 PM

    norv really tore em up in SD! ok AP haha

  42. bobnelsonjr says: Jan 27, 2014 9:15 PM

    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.

  43. ariani1985 says: Jan 27, 2014 9:22 PM

    With green bay having no defense, running game or o- line, easy division for the Lions.

  44. 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.

  45. bert1913 says: Jan 27, 2014 9:46 PM

    just like every team in the nfl, unless you have a really good qb you have no chance

  46. jonny42671 says: Jan 27, 2014 10:16 PM

    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.

  47. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 27, 2014 10:18 PM

    There’s a reason Turner has been fired from so many coaching jobs.

  48. khmer379 says: Jan 27, 2014 10:23 PM

    Vikings will win the north! 11-5 playoffs! Herd it here first

  49. khmer379 says: Jan 27, 2014 10:25 PM

    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

  50. gergie1957 says: Jan 27, 2014 10:26 PM

    Note to Norv, AD would love a few screen Passes called his way during a game.

  51. leatherface2012 says: Jan 27, 2014 10:39 PM

    and introducing the starting qb in super bowl 48 its aaron………oh wait never mind

  52. hardkor07mn says: Jan 27, 2014 10:58 PM

    Let the haters hate and let the packer fans chase some cows or whatever it is you clowns do over there.

  53. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 27, 2014 11:04 PM

    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.

  54. im2fast4you123 says: Jan 28, 2014 12:23 AM

    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.

  55. musicman495 says: Jan 28, 2014 12:40 AM

    “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.

  56. zinjaboy says: Jan 28, 2014 1:07 AM

    Aaron was the starting and winning qb in super bowl 45, silly. Peyton and russell are starting qb’s for super bowl 48.

  57. natijim235 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:19 AM

    bengals fan but now viking fan in NFC – trust in Zim he will turn things around in a hurry!

  58. tcstunner says: Jan 28, 2014 1:21 AM

    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.

  59. onbucky96 says: Jan 28, 2014 3:56 AM

    How about a good QB, just sayin…

  60. backdapack4evr says: Jan 28, 2014 4:44 AM

    Norv Turner!!!!

  61. rickochey says: Jan 28, 2014 7:04 AM

    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!!!

  62. whatjusthapped says: Jan 28, 2014 7:24 AM

    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.

  63. indycheezhed says: Jan 28, 2014 8:22 AM

    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!

  64. 40for60alldaybaby says: Jan 28, 2014 8:28 AM

    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…..

  65. toddc612 says: Jan 28, 2014 8:39 AM

    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.

  66. cursedvikings1998 says: Jan 28, 2014 8:45 AM

    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……….

  67. gb4mn0 says: Jan 28, 2014 8:53 AM

    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.

  68. packr1 says: Jan 28, 2014 8:55 AM

    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 !

  69. scoops1 says: Jan 28, 2014 9:02 AM

    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

  70. purpleforroyaltygreenandgoldforbugars says: Jan 28, 2014 9:34 AM

    Its hard to claim he threw ponder under the bus when it was #7 himself who went and laid underneath it all on his own.

  71. stellarperformance says: Jan 28, 2014 9:55 AM

    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.

  72. emoney826 says: Jan 28, 2014 10:00 AM

    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.

  73. jjackwagon says: Jan 28, 2014 10:03 AM

    “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.

  74. monnotd says: Jan 28, 2014 10:48 AM

    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.

  75. leatherface2012 says: Jan 28, 2014 10:50 AM

    at least turner wont have the postage stamp sized playcalling card that musgrave used

  76. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 28, 2014 11:13 AM

    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?

  77. thatswhatimsayin says: Jan 28, 2014 12:11 PM

    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

  78. indycheezhed says: Jan 28, 2014 12:11 PM

    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.

  79. backdapack4evr says: Jan 28, 2014 1:04 PM

    Hey Norv
    In case you don’t know, you hit rock bottom!!

  80. sp6685 says: Jan 28, 2014 1:51 PM

    I’m going to pretend Adrian is still on anesthetics from his surgery and disregard what he just said.

  81. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 28, 2014 3:08 PM

    The bar is so low in MN.

  82. timaug says: Jan 28, 2014 9:23 PM

    I hope AP is right.
    But I am not sure.
    Turner did nothing in San Diego.

  83. purpleforroyaltygreenandgoldforbugars says: Jan 28, 2014 10:50 PM

    I saw a pretty lady driving here in Western Wi this morning, and wouldn’t you know it she had Mn plates. Please excuse these people posting from the rest of this state, they are delusional from cheese overload and lousy fishing.

  84. vavikingfan says: Jan 29, 2014 8:53 AM

    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.

  85. 52lightsxout52 says: Jan 29, 2014 2:48 PM

    Now the only thing left to do is bring in Jeff George. Go ahead. Call him up, Ricky….He’s waiting by the phone… 😉

  86. duece5 says: Jan 30, 2014 2:08 PM

    Spielman… 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.

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