Vikings get permission to interview Norv Turner


When Mike Zimmer took the Vikings job earlier today, it left the Browns as the last vacancy.

And now, Zimmer’s trying to help make it a little more vacant in Cleveland.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Vikings have received permission to interview Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner for the same job.

The Browns have likewise held the door for defensive coordinator Ray Horton to make a lateral move, which indicates they don’t have a strong desire to keep them on hand for the new head coach.

Turner’s resume as an offensive coordinator is strong, and he’d be an interesting fit for Adrian Peterson and some young quarterback, assuming the Vikings don’t want to spend much more time on the Christian Ponder project.

56 responses to “Vikings get permission to interview Norv Turner

  1. Our coaching staff apparently will have the advantage of getting all the AARP discounts at local retail establishments. By the way, Norv seemed to use Emmit Smith in his offense pretty well, so I don’t think there is much concern on integrating an All Pro RB into his system.

  2. This is why the Vikings are the Vikings.

    No other organization could make these great of moves in this short amount of time.

    We have the next Bellichick in Mike Zimmer.

    A great OC in Norv Turner (just not a good head coach.)

    We will have a top 5 Defense next year and the most lethal passing / rushing attack in the league.

    14-2 will be our record next year & a Super Bowl win.

    The dynasty is forming right in front of our eyes.

  3. Props for Spielman. A lot of GM’s passed on Zimmer because they were intimidated by him. Spielman had the nuts to hire him. Good job!

  4. Right – when I think of lethal offense, I think of the……Cleveland Browns. I’m a Vikings fan, and not sure if this is a good fit.

  5. So they got the head coach they wanted and got permission to interview the OC they want. So that just leaves the little matter of finding a QB.

  6. He squeezed the absolute most he could from Cleveland’s offense. Outside of Josh Gordon, they are completely void of any talent and actually looked decent at times.

  7. I liked the Zimmer hire and my only concern, as it always is when a defensive guy gets a HC job is who would take care of the offense.

    Turner would be a solid choice. He’s been a great offensive coordinator in the past. Last year, with one of the worst QB rooms in the league, the Browns offense still finished ahead of 14 other teams.

  8. Also, I’m not quite sure of Norv’s level of involvement in the deal, but the Trent Richardson trade looks pretty good for Cleveland right now.

  9. Say what you want about Norv Turner, but on his worst day he’s still 10x better of an OC than his brother ever was. It was physically painful watching those Bears offenses struggle to get 3 yards a play when Ron was the OC there.

  10. I really can’t tell if you guys are being sarcastic, or you really just don’t have a clue.

    Let me help you out with something you might not know about…
    Norv aka the mad scientist, does NOT run the ball.

    Look at the browns. lopsided stat sheet from last year.
    And look at the chargers lopsided stat sheet from the last 6 years.
    The same norv turner who didn’t need Trent Richardson, and didn’t need LT or Lo Neal….
    Ryan Mathews was left for dead and called a bust when norv was in SD..but he beasted 1200 yards this year when he was given a chance.

    The Vikings have one offensive weapon, your running back …and no one decent to throw the ball …and you think norv is a good move ?!

  11. I don’t know that we can judge Norv by his year with the Browns. Seems like they had a dysfunctional HC situation, a non-existent RB situation, and a revolving door QB situation.

    I think he could thrive with the Vikes *IF* they get a QB.

  12. True, Norv tended to ignore Emmitt Smith, that guy could have had so many yards! And with Tomlinson – he never got the ball. Turner can’t coach running backs at all.

  13. Viking Fans-
    You do not want this loser running your offense. Good bye Adrian Petterson. Take a look at all the running backs who have died in this loser’s offense. He also isn’t that good a developing and coaching a qb. Take a look at how much Rivers regressed under his watch and how much better he did this year with out this turd of a coach. Get used to a boring no good offense under this clown. I got into so many arguments with Browns fans who were elated to have this moron join their staff last year and they seem to be pretty happy to see him go.

  14. For the guy who says Turner doesn’t run the ball, Emmitt Smith led the league in rushing all three years while Turner was Dallas OC. At the same time, he’s credited with helping to develop Troy Aikman. I think if you hand him Trent Richardson or Ryan Mathews, he may not emphasize the run that much. He probably knows what to do with Adrian Peterson, though. I want more passing anyway.

  15. As long as Norv doesn’t get yet ANOTHER shot at failing as a HC, fine. Keep him off the NFL merry-go-round.

  16. I think you will see the Vikings let Ponder go, keep Cassel & Freeman, and draft a QB in the middle rounds. Cassel & Freeman will then battle for the starting job. The price tag for Freeman will be low because the Vikes put him in a tough spot against the Giants and nobody else will be interested in brining him in. Cassel will stay because he has a chance to start. They will move down in the draft from #8 and look to bolster the D to Zimmer’s liking. The have numerous needs and will use additional picks to help fill some holes.

  17. The idea that Norv Turner doesn’t utilize or manage running backs effectively is nonsense. He had Emmitt Smith in Dallas. And the spectacular year that Rickey Williams had in Miami, when he rushed for 1853 yards and 16 TDs. You will never ever ever guess who was the offensive coordinator in Miami that year.

  18. Can’t judge Turner by what Matthews did in San Diego. The guy was hurt enough that he only played in about half the games he could have played in. And he showed up for training camp a couple years ago so out of shape he couldn’t pass the conditioning test.

    River’s decline while Norv was there worries me, but they were losing talent constantly, and you can’t blame that on Norv. Still a huge upgrade from Musgrave.

  19. I’d like any Packer fan here say Musgrave is better than Turner WITH a straight face because I bet you can’t.

    Anyone on God’s Earth is better than Mustfail.

  20. That would be excellent. Now if they can get a D-Coordinator that will take a more aggressive approach instead of the fossilized cover-2 main frame they’ve been using.

  21. I think Freeman is going to go. If he couldn’t handle Schiano, he’s not going to like Zimmer either, and I don’t think Zimmer is going to like Freeman. Cassel probably starts, then two more rookies, or a vet backup and a first round rookie. They can’t dip to the middle rounds to pick a QB, the fans would kill ’em.

  22. …aaaaaand the latest episode of “Vikings are a lock to win it all” is off to its start. It will last until late November, give or take.

  23. Quick Question: Would it be smart for Vikings to pick up Sammy Watkins if he fell into their lap at 8th pick then they grab Boyd in 2nd Round? Already have a established QB-WR combo and improve the week receiving core. Plus have another deadly weapon in Watkins and Patterson

  24. Would love to see what Cordarrelle Patterson could do in Turner’s vertical passing game.

  25. It doesn’t really matter who the vikings hire – their fans on this site will tell us that it’s the greatest coaching hire/coup of all time, and that his style will be a perfect fit for this team that is stocked top-to-bottom with more talent than any other team in the league and they are once again odds-on Super Bowl favorites.

    Viking fans are so entertaining this time of year.

  26. Turner wasn’t a great HC, but he is a great OC. As a Viking fan, I’m all for this.

    I wish Bill Musgrave the best, but honestly, I’d prefer he was working for the Packers!

  27. YESt to Norv, with this caveat, must get a fresh young QB coach that can be groomed along with a new QB. More interested in DC, who are we going after? I like Ray Horton, Jim Schwartz, Jim Haslett.

  28. I’ve been following Turner longer than any Viking Fan (Skins Fan). Let me clue you in. Jimmy Johnson was the OC for the Cowboys as well as the HC. Turner has had no success anywhere except at Dallas where he was just had the OC title but not the responsibilities. I’ll leave it at that.

  29. Checkmate. A real defensive guru and a real offensive coordinator. Is the Viking curse almost over? I swear the dome was built on an indian burial ground.

  30. I’d rather have Linehan than Turner — but Norv wouldn’t be bad.

    No Tampa-2 and no Jim Hayslet (Spurrier voice)

  31. For all the people concerned that Norv did not have agood offense in Cleveland, you must realize that,management did not provide a full back or QB or a 2nd WR. Vikes should do very well, you won’t have Banner, and Lombardi interfering with the coaches

    Wuzz a Browns fanatic

  32. Sounds like the Zimmerman announcement is being held while spielman pressures him to keep some assistants (eg, priefer). Off to a good start!

  33. Zimms was a great move by the Vikes!! But don’t want Turner as oc, An up and coming qb coach like Tomsula would make more sense!! And hire Jim Swartz as the new Dc. Hell bring Brett Farve in as Qb coach!! Were gonna take Qb in the draft everybody knows this!!! History shows taking a Qb in the middle to later rounds pays off better! Keeping & using all our draft picks insures we fill some very obvious holes!! Which in turns makes Zimms job better!

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