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Report: Vikings fire Scott Turner

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - MAY 3: Helmets belonging to the Minnesota Vikings are seen during a rookie minicamp on May 3, 2012 at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Vikings have fired quarterbacks coach Scott Turner, Alex Marvez of the Sporting News reported Monday night.

Turner is the son of former Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who resigned during the 2016 season. Scott Turner had been the quarterbacks coach in Minnesota for three seasons. He started in 2014, the year the Vikings drafted Teddy Bridgewater.

Turner was the wide receivers coach with the Browns in 2013 when his father was the offensive coordinator. He had coached in high school and in the college ranks before getting his first NFL job as quality control coach with the Panthers in 2011.

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  1. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 9, 2017 8:43 PM

    Super Bowl.

    >

  2. tritz32 says: Jan 9, 2017 8:43 PM

    But Bradford had a Hall of Fame season according to the purples. I almost feel bad for them – their best day of the year got postponed on Sunday for another week at least. Silly purples!

  3. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 9, 2017 8:43 PM

    Yeah, because he was the problem. They’d be better off keeping Turner and trading Sammy Sleeves for 4th round pick. If they could get one.

  4. irishgary says: Jan 9, 2017 8:49 PM

    What a mess of a franchise

  5. whatjusthapped says: Jan 9, 2017 8:51 PM

    Why not, the Vikings have finally identified the offensive problems that have plagued them all season, and its not the lack of a running back or substandard WR’s or an offensive line that resembles a sieve, it’s Scott Turner.

    Now that the Vikings have solved their biggest problem this early in the off season, what’s left for the fans to do except start predicting a Superbowl.

  6. camelcaseload says: Jan 9, 2017 8:58 PM

    All the nepotism in the NFL is something else. Norv Turner probably held his son’s need for a job over the Vikings’ heads and they actually gave in, even though they were just hiring Norv Turner and not someone with an actual brain. Kyle Shanahan, who did such a great job as Johnny Manziel’s offensive coordinator, is a frontrunner for a head coaching spot. Mark Davis’s first actual job came when he was fifty-freaking-five because when your father is Al Davis, you get NFL money but you don’t have to work for it. I mean, even Bill Belichick only got a look because his dad was a football genius. Is it even possible to be unemployed if your father was a big shot in football?

  7. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Jan 9, 2017 8:59 PM

    Beat it, kid, ya make me norvous

  8. firerogergoodell says: Jan 9, 2017 9:01 PM

    Should have fired Tony Sparano.

  9. f1restarter says: Jan 9, 2017 9:04 PM

    Being fired by the Vikings is like being extracted from a burning car with the Jaws of Life.

  10. riraider says: Jan 9, 2017 9:06 PM

    Team falling apart!
    “New” stadium falling apart !
    But have no fear Viking fans, the draft is right around the corner and then the off season championship !

  11. contra74 says: Jan 9, 2017 9:06 PM

    First five comments from packer fans

    They’re slowing down

  12. shaggytoodle says: Jan 9, 2017 9:07 PM

    Going 3-8 the after Columbus day will make a team feel change is needed.

    Theodore’s rookie year, he learned an offense and played well, AP returned after his off the field issues, and it seemed like Theodore, needed to learn a new offense. Now that Norval is gone, he will need to learn a new one again. If he can go.

    What I don’t understand is how everyone that was building up Theodore, then after he goes down with injury everyone jumps off of his bandwagon and onto Bradford’s after 3 weeks.

    If anyone should go its that GM, 3 1st round pickes on QBs since 2011. 2 on WR’s. One of whom has never got over 500 recieving yards or 50 catches, while the other had 1 catch in his rookie season.

  13. cribbage12 says: Jan 9, 2017 9:08 PM

    Congrats Scott.

  14. taintedsaints2009 says: Jan 9, 2017 9:22 PM

    Packer fans, seriously, we get it. The packers are better than the Vikings. There, now can you sleep at night?

  15. vikingdoode says: Jan 9, 2017 9:29 PM

    Come on you knew that was coming? not a fan of daddy bring yoursonny boy to work!

  16. ahs2 says: Jan 9, 2017 9:32 PM

    No signs of Nepotism there, no sir-ee! That’s OK, Lions fans had to endure Marinelli’s Son-in-law, Joe Berry as the DC!

  17. wafflestomp says: Jan 9, 2017 9:32 PM

    Well, I see the Barneys have finally chosen their scapegoat for the 2016 season. Well played.
    They must just play circus music on a continual loop at Viking Headquarters.
    skoLOL!!!!

  18. vikesfansteve says: Jan 9, 2017 9:34 PM

    Now fire Sporano

  19. taintedsaints2009 says: Jan 9, 2017 9:34 PM

    Sorry Vikings, but Minnesota has moved on. We will check in with you in January each year to see if you made the playoffs. Enjoy the new stadium regular fans can’t afford to go to. Bud grant, the purple people eaters, and randy moss were fun to watch. But it’s inevitable for this breakup to happen. We are moving on to a hotter, younger lover.

    This is a KAT town now. That’s Karl Anthony Towns. In a couple years, that name will be mentioned in the same breath as Lebron and Durant.

  20. stiffarm13 says: Jan 9, 2017 9:36 PM

    so they brag about Bradford breaking the completion % record …. but then they fire the QB’s coach …. makes a whole lot of sense …. but I imagine dimwit Zimmer kept his kid around

  21. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Jan 9, 2017 9:36 PM

    Son of a Norval! Dang it!

  22. stellarperformance says: Jan 9, 2017 9:36 PM

    taintedsaints2009 says:
    Jan 9, 2017 9:22 PM
    Packer fans, seriously, we get it. The packers are better than the Vikings. There, now can you sleep at night?
    ////////////////////////////////////////

    We never sleep.

  23. upnorthvikesfan says: Jan 9, 2017 9:43 PM

    No surprise. Even though they haven’t announced it, you can bet Pat Shurmer will get the OC job on a full basis. I’m sure he has his own people he wants to bring in.

  24. coltluger says: Jan 9, 2017 9:59 PM

    Are packer fans the most insecure people in world or what?

  25. fansince68 says: Jan 9, 2017 10:01 PM

    taintedsaints2009 says:
    Jan 9, 2017 9:22 PM
    Packer fans, seriously, we get it. The packers are better than the Vikings. There, now can you sleep at night?

    ****

    stellarperformance says:
    Jan 9, 2017 9:36 PM

    We never sleep.

    ****

    But you do eat, obviously.

    ****

    upnorthvikesfan says:
    Jan 9, 2017 9:43 PM

    No surprise. Even though they haven’t announced it, you can bet Pat Shurmer will get the OC job on a full basis. I’m sure he has his own people he wants to bring in.

    ****

    They did announce it.

  26. jermainewiggins says: Jan 9, 2017 10:05 PM

    wow the trolls are out prety bored tonight!! just don’t be bitter when we return the favor when you lose!

  27. simplec72 says: Jan 9, 2017 10:15 PM

    Seems like this might be one of those back at ya Norv moves.

  28. coltluger says: Jan 9, 2017 10:23 PM

    packer trolls on a Vikings article. How cliché.

  29. jintfan says: Jan 9, 2017 10:24 PM

    The O-Line stinks it up and it’s the QB coach’s fault? Seem to me the QB play wasn’t bad at all.
    First five draft choices and or Free agent moves should all be offensive linemen.

  30. vikingdoode says: Jan 9, 2017 10:26 PM

    not surprised

  31. h0metownzero says: Jan 9, 2017 10:28 PM

    Viking fans sure are some sore losers.

  32. moondog7 says: Jan 9, 2017 10:32 PM

    Pretty bad year for Rick Spielman. Bradford trade and no playoffs was a complete bust. Treadwell and Alexander have pretty much no impact. Now we have a terrible Oline, WR core is still questionable at best, RB is now questionable, and QB is up in air with Teddys health and Bradfords average play. There is just no impact players on the offense. The window almost looks closed after an injury filled 2016 and trading away future picks. Not good.

  33. coltluger says: Jan 9, 2017 10:38 PM

    I never thought I’d root for Dallas but I will this weekend.

  34. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 9, 2017 10:45 PM

    It seems like the Viking off season isn’t going exactly as they drew it up.

  35. dolphins4 says: Jan 9, 2017 10:52 PM

    They should have fired whoever put the offensive line together. Their offensive line is the worst in the NFL.

  36. Frazier28/7 says: Jan 9, 2017 11:05 PM

    Ok

  37. h0metownzero says: Jan 9, 2017 11:05 PM

    I bet Spieldope is constantly peeking over his shoulder for the Grim Reaper.

  38. richabbs says: Jan 9, 2017 11:07 PM

    Replacing him will be Kyle Shumur, Pat’s son, who is giving up his chance to play at Vanderbilt to take this “legacy” position. Jed York immediately asked the Vikings permission to interview Kyle for their open Head Coach position.

  39. coltluger says: Jan 9, 2017 11:11 PM

    h0metownzero says:
    Jan 9, 2017 10:28 PM
    Viking fans sure are some sore losers.

    ///////////////////////////////////////

    So says the troll on another team’s article. Can you say irony?

  40. purpleguy says: Jan 9, 2017 11:15 PM

    This was ordained the minute Norv bailed on the team mid-season. Let me explain this slowly so Packer fans can understand in between Jordy Nelson rib updates and beer-belly puffing: Turner Jr worked under his old man and his old man’s offensive system with Teddy; the new O-coordinator has a bit different system, will be primarily working with a different QB, and thus needs a QB coach more familiar and better suited to his system. Besides, Norv moved back to CA, and Scott can no longer stay in his basement.

  41. wtfru2 says: Jan 9, 2017 11:26 PM

    I only read these comments occasionally, but I see a continuing trend. A few people are happy with antagonizing others with their comments.

    Just look at their names, “almightycabbage” or “tokyosandblaster” and I could go on. I ask myself what kind of individual calls themselves this? Or there is one that isn’t even bright enough to change his name. “Carlgermanmiesterzigheil” I think was his?

    These are leaders of their community and someone to be proud of. I hope they are happy with what they post daily and have raised their children to follow the lead!

  42. ronskd says: Jan 9, 2017 11:44 PM

    Should of kept Scott and fired that turd Zimmer

  43. stunningtruth says: Jan 9, 2017 11:47 PM

    They should start with one person – close to the top. See ya Rick.

  44. vikingjack73 says: Jan 10, 2017 1:11 AM

    Hey Packers trolls, go comment on your damn team!

    Firing Turner had to be done!
    Between Scott & Norv, the passing game has been mostly stagnant for the 3 years they were there. Below average passing stats across the board.

    So since Packers fans want to run their their collective big mouths, you better hope your team backs it up this week or all of Vikings Nation will blast your overrated team!

    How overrated? The Pack won ONE road game vs a team with a winning record! Week 17 at Detroit
    Just to get to the Super Bowl, Green Bay will have to win back to back road games against winning teams!
    Not gonna happen. Your defense is too inexperienced in key spots & will get torched in the passing game
    Your overrated Packers NEEDED to win vs NYG just to make sure that Aaron Rodgers had ONE MORE playoff victory at Lambeau than Eli!

  45. eljefedelmundo says: Jan 10, 2017 4:28 AM

    A friend of mine recently joined the skolpeople. As a fan.

    First year- win the division! Year 2- er- better than the Bears?

    He’s learnin

  46. pzebich says: Jan 10, 2017 8:06 AM

    Guess we shouldn’t have been surprised.

  47. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 10, 2017 8:50 AM

    Some lucky coach is about to get the opportunity of a lifetime to work with Short Pass Master, Sam Bradford.

  48. whatjusthapped says: Jan 10, 2017 10:27 AM

    @vikingjack73

    Say, what time do the Vikings play this weekend?

  49. tremoluxman says: Jan 10, 2017 11:15 AM

    Question for Packer posters: How would your season have turned out if Rodgers had blown out his knee a week before the season started, you lost your C, RT, LT, and LG on offense, lost your potential HOF RB, and had average WRs?

  50. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 10, 2017 11:20 AM

    Excuses are for losers.

  51. truthbetold109 says: Jan 10, 2017 11:27 AM

    tremoluxman says:
    Jan 10, 2017 11:15 AM
    Question for Packer posters: How would your season have turned out if Rodgers had blown out his knee a week before the season started, you lost your C, RT, LT, and LG on offense, lost your potential HOF RB, and had average WRs?
    _____________

    Losing AD at this point is no great loss, this isn’t 6 years ago. Secondly, you probably had an upgrade at QB with the trade. Last year we lost almost every offensive line starter so I know it sucks but it happens. It was the managements fault for drafting a slow WR and not signing someone like Anquan Boldin in the off season. You put all your chips in on defense which is not a bad idea but they got wore out when the offense couldn’t stay on the field.

    To be honest, losing AR would have been killer to us but our back up isn’t terrible. We probably would have come in second to the Lions. 😉

  52. aypeeswhippingstick says: Jan 10, 2017 12:03 PM

    N*E*P*O*T*I*S*M Zimmer’s boy will probably get a raise with the money they’re saving on Scott Turner’s demise.

  53. stellarperformance says: Jan 10, 2017 12:07 PM

    tremoluxman says:
    Jan 10, 2017 11:15 AM
    Question for Packer posters: How would your season have turned out if Rodgers had blown out his knee a week before the season started, you lost your C, RT, LT, and LG on offense, lost your potential HOF RB, and had average WRs?
    /////////////////////////////////////

    Bradford was better than Bridgewater. The O-line problems are similar to the Packers defense issues, right now. They went 5-0 without Peterson. Your receivers enjoyed the highest rated completion rate in the league.

    The bottom line: It’s hard to make it to the SuperBowl. There’s a lot of luck involved, good and bad. Packer fans know this. Viking fans are just learning.

    The comments you’re getting from Packer fans now, is payback for the relentless “choker” shade your trolls having been throwing at Green Bay for years.

    Payback is brutal, but I won’t apologize for it. You guys made the bed…..sleep in it.

  54. Frazier28/7 says: Jan 10, 2017 1:31 PM

    uh, yeah. you guys always use grace and maturity. especially when it comes to korey stringer, roofer safety, 35w and child abuse.

  55. whatjusthapped says: Jan 10, 2017 2:28 PM

    Frazier28/7 says:

    uh, yeah. you guys always use grace and maturity. especially when it comes to korey stringer, roofer safety, 35w and child abuse.
    ====================================
    I’m disappointed, you left out the Love Boat, Whizanator, turning your draft pick choices late only to lose your turn and your head coach scalping his Superbowl tickets.

    Let’s face it, the Vikings have a rich history of ineptness, don’t sell it short.

  56. stellarperformance says: Jan 10, 2017 2:36 PM

    Frazier28/7 says:
    Jan 10, 2017 1:31 PM
    uh, yeah. you guys always use grace and maturity. especially when it comes to korey stringer, roofer safety, 35w and child abuse
    /////////////////////////////////////

    Those are fringe-dwellers. You have them too.

  57. h0metownzero says: Jan 10, 2017 4:06 PM

    Incompetence touches every facet of life in MN.

    Their cowardice makes it taboo to talk about it.

  58. fwippel says: Jan 11, 2017 3:42 PM

    Not a surprise. Pat Shurmer is in charge of the offense now, and one would expect him to build a staff around himself that he’s comfortable with. He’s the guy that got Bradford to Minnesota, and unless Bridgewater can come back, Bradford is likely here to stay.

    Now, when does Tony Sparano get the ax? I get that the OL had injuries out the wahzoo this year, but it was his job to get better production out of the players he had available, and that didn’t happen.

  59. beerbratscheese says: Jan 11, 2017 9:56 PM

    Looks like the Vikings found their one weak link. I’m CERTAIN they’ll win the Super Bowl next year now.

  60. vikingsarchitect says: Jan 12, 2017 11:19 AM

    The Vikings biggest problem is not injuries, because all teams lose players due to injuries. And all teams can say they lost some very close games due to a variety of excuses.

    Vikings probably would have been a top-10 team during these last 4 years, if they were good at selecting talented players. The Vikings biggest problem that the owners need to deal with is their GM. Rick Spielman said after the Sam Bradford trade, “The one thing that I will not do, and I promise you this, is put our organization in a situation where it’s going to inhibit us or hurt us going into the future,” Minnesota finished the last 11 games at 3-8.

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