Norv Turner not ruling out a return to coaching at some point

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Norv Turner’s taking a year off, sort of, but he won’t be far from football.

The longtime coach won’t be on a sideline in the fall for the first time since 1975, but he’s staying connected with the game and isn’t ruling out a return to the profession.

Turner told Alex Marvez and Bill Polian on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he’s going to be attending several NFL training camps and “four or five” colleges.

“I’ve had a couple (coaches) reach out to me and ask if I could come in for two or three days to just visit and maybe help a little bit or give some opinions,” Turner said. “I’m open to continue coaching in the future. A lot of that would depend on the opportunity.”

Turner left the Vikings in midseason last year, and hasn’t taken another job since (though that’s not for a lack of options).

Among his planned stops this fall will be Michigan, where his son Scott was hired as an offensive analyst. It might not hurt for him to swing by Carolina either, where his brother Ron was just hired as an offensive consultant.

30 responses to “Norv Turner not ruling out a return to coaching at some point

  1. He has not ruled out returning to football with the exception of never going back to that cesspool known as Minnesota. Besides, there is no football in Minnesota. Minnesota is like Mexico, anyone who can run, jump or swim has already left. I hear Canada is looking to build a wall to keep them from going there too.

  2. Who would hire a quitter? Although, I’m glad he did quit. The Viking offense will take off now that he’s not there trying to fit square blocks in to round holes….

  3. Norv has paid his dues. Cut him so slack. He deserves some vacation time and let it be a working vacation if he can help some team both college and pro. He has the knowledge. He is just not Head Coaching material however,

  4. Norv at training camp offering opinions:

    Norv: “I like what you’re doing here, but I would suggest running some more long-developing routes that require the quarterback to hold the ball for 7 or 8 seconds before the receiver comes open.”

    Coach: “Well thanks, Norv, but our offensive line isn’t very strong so I’m not sure that’s the best way to take advantage of our talent.”

    Norv: “I don’t really understand what you’re saying, but maybe you could just run the ball into the back of your guard two or three times in a row every time you get into the red zone.”

  5. This guy has quite on 2 teams leaving them in very bad situations either juuuuust before the season started, or mid season. I don’t know how any FO could trust him beyond a consultant or interim basis.

  6. “Norv” Turner has not only proved to be inept as a HC, but he’s also vastly overrated as an OC.

    Turner got his reputation as an OC in Dallas, but with that o-line and the HOFers on offense, even a chimpanzee as OC would have had good results. The Cowboys offense stayed good after he left Dallas. But in virtually every other stop he’s made as an OC the offense mostly got worse after he arrived.

  7. His genius was based on his Dallas years…Aikman, Smith, and Irvin and one of the best o- lines of all time…just a very average, mediocre coach…

  8. When he was with Minnesota the fans told Packers fans how brilliant he was. After he leaves you call him an overrated-malcontent-quitter.
    How quickly the queens faithful can turn on you.
    No wonder Christian Ponder’s pregnant wife was afraid to leave the house.

  9. Lot’s of people commenting like Norm leaving MN was every bit as terrible as when they got dumped by their latest girlfriend (probably happens to them a lot). By the comments, you wonder if they’re going to need professional counseling to get thru it.

  10. I would love to know the inside story (from Turner and Zimmer) as to why Turner felt the need to resign last year. Outside of knowing that, it would be hard for a prospective employer to consider him.

  11. MN fans have never really been high on Norv Mr. Truthbetold, but they haven’t really been out with tar and pitchforks like the cheesers have been for Dom Capers the last few years.

    Then again it likely is expecting quite a bit for you to actually pay attention and comprehend what Viking fans have been saying the past couple years with all the media buzz about the Packer fan taking his wife’s last name “Packer” and the other dude suing the Bears so he can wear his jersey at Soldier Field.

  12. truthbetold109 says:
    Jun 21, 2017 12:34 PM
    When he was with Minnesota the fans told Packers fans how brilliant he was. After he leaves you call him an overrated-malcontent-quitter.
    How quickly the queens faithful can turn on you.
    No wonder Christian Ponder’s pregnant wife was afraid to leave the house.

    ***

    Guy quotes one Vikings fan to generalize an entire fan base. Smart logic.

  13. Norv will benefit greatly once the 2017 NFL season ends. That will allow the Vikings to flounder once again and finish low in the offensive rankings and only then will the rest of the NFL not hold it against Norv that his Viking offenses were average at best. Its hardly his fault, more of a lack of talent than anything else.

  14. @13worldchampionships

    There are numerous fan comments on here bashing Norv, I didn’t see the need to quote all of them to make my point.
    I can if you like but as you say… It isn’t smart logic.

  15. Hey truthbetold109,

    1.) What would you be saying if it was your team, that he walked out on?

    2.) I don’t care where he comes back to….as long as it isn’t MN. He’s “Brilliant” when he doesn’t have issues (such as an offensive line that is injured as badly as MN’s was, and can actually block). But when he has to overcome difficulties, he cuts and runs. CLASS ACT!

  16. truthbetold109 says:
    Jun 21, 2017 4:32 PM
    @13worldchampionships

    There are numerous fan comments on here bashing Norv, I didn’t see the need to quote all of them to make my point.
    I can if you like but as you say… It isn’t smart logic

    ***

    You could go a head and quote all of them. Still wouldn’t make a point. 7 of 23 comments are bashing Norv. Lets just assume there are 66,200 vikings fans (seating capacity of Us Bank Stadium). You went ahead and used 7 comments to try to make a point to generalize the logic of 66,193 fans.

    My point is this. You said something pointless. Now to apply your logic to my point; All Packer fans say pointless things.

  17. funny how Norv looked like an absolute genius with Aikman/Emmitt/Irvin and a HoF O-line…

  18. They might interview him for head coach at the end of the year if the offensive line looks as offensive as last year’s. The Lions spent a first round pick on Taylor Decker last year because they didn’t trust Reilly Reiff to be a long term answer at left tackle. The new right tackle, Mike Remmers, was used as a turnstile by Von Miller to get to Cam Newton when the Broncos crushed the Panthers in the Super Bowl. If Latavius Murray only averaged 4 yards a carry behind the Raiders line, you can bet it’ll be a yard lower behind this line. They might be a fourth place team if Dalvin Cook doesn’t bail out the running game.

  19. Norv quit unprofessionally last year in the middle of the season. To have a story so soon about Norv wanting to coach again is a joke. I think Norv has given all he has to the game already. Let some new comers have their turn.

  20. Truthwhatever guy
    Plenty of cheese fans in the TC area. They were probably partly responsible for comments to the Ponders. I also think Sam Ponder overstated things for a story and because her husband is rotten at QB.

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