Report: Vikings, Norv Turner “close” to agreement


49ers coach Jim Harbaugh channelled Johnny Cash this week when he said that the 49ers have “been everywhere” over the last few seasons.

Norv Turner doesn’t wear all black, but he may also identify with Cash’s tune after working for eight different teams in nine different stops over the course of his NFL coaching career. It looks like he’ll be adding another team to the list.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Turner is “close” to an agreement to become the offensive coordinator on new coach Mike Zimmer’s first staff in Minnesota. The Vikings’ interest in Turner was initially reported on Wednesday, shortly after Zimmer agreed to become the head coach.

One of Turner’s biggest jobs in Minnesota will be the identification/development of a quarterback who can lead the team more effectively than the Christian Ponder/Matt Cassel/Josh Freeman trio did in 2013. Adrian Peterson should feel good about the success running backs have had in Turner’s offenses over the years, although the lack of a better option at quarterback would hamstring the offense even with another strong year for Peterson.

31 responses to “Report: Vikings, Norv Turner “close” to agreement

  1. Can’t wait. Adrian Peterson and the rest of the offense should be excited. Johnny Football lovers, I hate to tell you but this most likely means the Vikings won’t be drafting him, barring Norval seriously changing his scheme. I wasn’t the biggest Derek Carr fan, but if Norval comes in, his arm talent would certainly fit nicely into this run heavy, vertical passing offense.

  2. Norv is a good choice. He’s almost head coach material — so should be able to run the offense working with a defense-minded HC.

    And that comment is from a Packers fan.

    Now the Vikings need a general manager and scouts who can consistently recognize and draft talent, not scrubs.

  3. Norv certainly has experience but his offensive statistics/rankings are not always the greatest. His best years as offensive coordinator occurred while he was in Dallas in the early 90’s. Since then, while he’s been an OC, his rankings are pretty average. As a Vikings fan, I don’t think we can do much worse than Musgrave as OC. Hopefully, Turner can incorporate downfield passing into the game plan. Also, he’ll have some firepower in Peterson, Patterson, and Rudolph.

  4. Has any coach been moved around more than Norv? I haven’t seen his offenses impress anyone lately (since Dallas mid-90s), but he keeps getting jobs.

  5. Although Norv was a mediocre head coach, he is a great offensive coordinator. This will be a great hire for Minnesota. Give them some of the success of the Fran years.

  6. Keep in mind that for the next 2 years the Vikings will go from a minimum of 9 games a year indoors, to a minimum of 10 games a year OUTDOORS including what are bound to be some brutally cold late season tilts at TCF Stadium. They will need to adopt an identity and offensive philosophy much more aligned with the Steelers or Giants than the Lions or Saints.

    Given that reality, the hiring of a highly experienced OC who has coached a broad range of talent under virtually every kind of playing conditions, seems to be a smart move.

  7. An experienced O-coordinator was essential — good move. Again, without a QB, Norv’s job will be tough.

  8. “Adrian Peterson should feel good about the success running backs have had in Turner’s offenses over the years, although the lack of a better option at quarterback would hamstring the offense even with another strong year for Peterson.

    yeah, ask LT how that went.
    I feel bad for AP. This is the beginning of the end for him.
    The game has moved past Turner.

  9. Norv Turner was a “great” offensive coordinator with the Cowboys from 91-93. Then again, with Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman, and one of the best offensive lines in the history of the NFL, it would be pretty hard not to be.

    His last good year as an OC was in 2002 with Miami.

    Following that, he’s had 3 more stints as OC. 2003 with Miami, 2006 with SF, and 2013 with Cleveland. None of those were successful.

    If you look at where his offenses have been following his tenure with the Cowboys, as both an OC and a head coach, his offenses have averaged 17th in the league.

    There’s a reason why he’s bounced around the league and that he’s available this late in the game. It’s not like anyone is banging down the door to get him, and it’s not like he’s some untested genius with huge upside.

  10. If we get Turner as OC, I think this will give the Vikings an excellent pair of coaches. Zimmer as head coach and defensive genius and Turner as an offensive genius. Also, I think our much maligned General Manager, Rick Spielman deserves credit for this. Go Vikes.

  11. Once again, Pack fans “know it all” because of the team they choose to cheer for. Laughable. Does it really matter who the Vikings hire for any coaching position to those East of the river? Whomever is hired it is “wrong” and a “horrible” choice.

  12. For a Viking fan to say we are instant Super Bowl contenders due to hiring Zimmer / Turner would be a little bit foolish.

    But, it’s equally as foolish for a Packer fan to suggest we didn’t just improve dramatically because of these hires.

    Let’s see how they play out, but I have a good feeling Viking fans have a lot to look forward to in 2014 and beyond.

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