Greg Jennings: My “head is spinning” learning Norv Turner’s offense


Former Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave’s scheme was often criticized for being overly simplistic, but that doesn’t look like it will be a problem this year.

The Vikings are holding their first minicamp with new offensive coordinator Norv Turner and the differences are becoming clear to the players already. Wide receiver Greg Jennings said that there are so many things in the new scheme that the variations on a single play in Turner’s offense are almost as diverse as last year’s entire playbook.

“My head is spinning,” Jennings said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Even though the offense is coming and it’s starting to sink in. Just with all the different change-ups we can present to the defense, the different looks, the different formations we can run the same play, the different variations that comes within the same play. Your head is spinning at all times until you have it down. The variations from one play to the variations of how we can get to that one play, is a lot. I’m being a little sarcastic with this statement, but it almost equates to what we had last year — just one play. It’s a lot.”

The offense may be more complex, but it will still ask for plenty from running back Adrian Peterson. It’s good news, then, that Peterson has been participating in the team’s practices after having groin surgery.

“Adrian is doing fantastic, he practiced yesterday. He’s been here, been in good spirits and the rest of the guys are doing well,” coach Mike Zimmer said, via

Turner’s arrival is a real reason for optimism about the Vikings’ offensive hopes in 2014, but the final result will have much to do with the play of the quarterback. We don’t know who that will be yet, but the right call could lead to big rewards in Minnesota.

58 responses to “Greg Jennings: My “head is spinning” learning Norv Turner’s offense

  1. Norv has a good system, but his problem is he doesn’t make a system for his players, his players have to fit into his system. That’s why Rivers was getting killed, Norv would still insist on 7-step drops even though they had a undrafted rookie protecting Rivers blind side.

  2. The Greg Jennings & Cordarelle Patterson duo is the next Carter/Moss duo.

    Greg Jennings is the sure handed, reliable possession receiver that you can throw to in any situation – Like Cris Carter was.

    Cordarrelle Patterson is the athletic freak with size/speed and amazing hands to go with it – Like Randy Moss was.

    Oh yeah, and we also have one of the greatest Running Backs of all time to keep the defenses in check.

    This will be the most lethal offense the Vikings have had since 1998.

  3. How could Greg Jennings who thinks he’s a HOF receiver/top 10 overall player in the same class as Rice/Irvin/Fitzgerald and in his mind most reponsible for the Packers SB win a few years ago head be spinning learning a new offense? He just dominates and is unbelievable player.

  4. going from musgrave’s offense to norv turner’s will certainly cause headaches from imput overload. Do you think Norv’s offense can fit on an index card like Bill’s?

  5. The Norv Turner offensive system will be the best thing that ever happened to the Vikings.

    We have all the pieces for a successful offense under Norv, that’s why he choose to be the coach for us.

    These are the 3 things needed for a Norv offense to thrive:

    A super athletic tight end – we have that in Kyle Rudolph.

    A great running back – we have an MVP RB in Adrian Peterson.

    And that athletically gifted WR – we have that in Cordarelle Patterson.

    What is stopping our offense from being completely dominant?

    Especially with the terrible defenses in our division.

    13-3 next year & a division title.

  6. to be fair though he’s played in a very simplistic offense his entire career. green bay doesn’t do anything too impressive its just executed perfectly by rodgers and before that favre

  7. Hey Greg. Remember when you signed with the Vikings and said that Christian Ponder was on his way to being a pro bowl quarterback. Well … I’m sure he’s got Norv’s system already mastered and he’ll show you the ropes. No worries dude.

  8. Turner the journeyman coach who had all the offensive weapons he needed in S.D. and took the team into a freefall. He managed to take an all pro qb and made him look like Ponder his last season there. What will he do with the poor talent the queens have at that position? Another cellar finish for the Vikings.

  9. If a formerly smart player like Jennings is having difficulty learning the system, think what those with lesser cognitive abilities and lesser work ethic are going through.

    I can hardly wait until game 14 when the miscommunications get resolved.

  10. Try not to worry, Greg – your team doesn’t have a QB, so its kind of pointless to learn the offense anyway.

  11. Should be an intresting season in the NFC North. It wasn’t the talent on the team last year that made us finish last but it was the ones coaching that talent. Ita too bad that we lost some of that talent but we brought in some younger guys to replace them. Who have just as much talent as they did. Its any teams division. Cant wait!

  12. It’s about time. Under Chilly and Frazier, even the most casual fan could tell you what play was coming 75+% of the time if they were blindfolded and you just told them the down and distance.

  13. Unfortunately for you Greg, it’s going to spin even more when you realize you have garbage trying to execute his offense at QB. After seeing last year, it became quite clear you were a product of to future HOF QB’s and aren’t half as good as people thought you were.

  14. Don’t worry Greg, Norval’s head is spinning too. He can’t believe the lack of talent that is supposed to execute his masterful offensive plan. Look for a 4-12 season.

  15. Why do teams continue to hire Norv Turner?

    He’s like the Peyton Manning of coaching – awesome stats in the regular season, consistent failure in the postseason.

  16. I watched the Vikings last season and the lack of complexity in their offense wasn’t a problem. It as a lack of a Qb that killed them. Well that and a defense that gave up leads in the final two minutes. Still, I see an improvement this year….. to 6 wins.

  17. In order for Norv Turner’s offense to work he needs an intelligent QB, might not be the most athletic but extremely intelligent. Has to be noticable smarter than Weeden. Look he loves hes running back, he might have the best in the game today in Peterson, he loves his tight ends, Novacheck, Gates, hell even Cameron looked good at times last year. He likes to feature a wide receiver, Irvin, Jackson, Gordon is just some kind of freak. Gordon might have had the yardage record for first 2 years in the league if he wasnt suspended for 4 games last year. Jennings can be good, Patterson is fast, not flash gordon fast but fast. Personally for Norv to do well he might need Cassel over a rookie, someone that understands the NFL a little. Aikman his first year was saying Ive falling and I cant get up. The NFL was way to fast for him.

  18. I worry about this. It is possible to outsmart yourself instead of your opponent. I also worry that Musgrave gets all the credit for the Vikings offensive woes. Before him, Darryl Bevel was the OC labeled an idiot and he seems to do pretty well in Seattle. I am a 45 year Vikings fan and would love to be optimistic, but find myself stuck at “I guess we’ll see”.

  19. Do you watch football? Jennings is not a possession WR. Never has and never will be. Patterson is way too raw to be counted on to be even close to Moss. He’s still trying to figure out how to play the WR position for crying out loud.

  20. The Vikings are going from Bill Musgraves 3×5 playing card to Norv Turners IHOP playing card. When Norv was in San Diego it was always the same play calling. Run, run, pass, punt. Prepare for that. Other than that he is ok OC

  21. When Cassel played the majority of the game last year, the Vikings were 4-3. That’s with an unimaginative offense, a defense that constantly gave up leads in the last two minutes, a quarterback carousel that resembled a circus sideshow, a star running back who was hurt most of the year, and a raw rookie wide receiver who was learning on the job. It is virtually impossible to imagine the Vikings not making a significant improvement from last year, unless your glasses are covered with cheese.

  22. I wonder if John Jolly snuck into Winter Park before practice and gave Jennings some purple colored beverage?

  23. Musgrave had to simplify his offense because Ponder couldn’t run anything more than three or four plays. If Ponder gets in a game with Turners offense it’ll be a disaster.

  24. Honestly other than the Raiders, I don’t think any team in the NFL has less going for it than the Vikings. Yes, AP is great. But he’s been great, and that hasn’t been enough. Now he’s great, but aging. No QB, Greg Jennings is your big time WR? They had one of the worst defenses in football.. and did little to nothing to really improve it talent wise. Even the offensive line ranked in the bottom half of the league in sacks (and that’s with AP keeping teams honest). I know this is the time of the year to be “optimistic” but the Vikings need alot of work to not be the worst team in the NFC North.

    Other than running back, there isn’t a single positional group in the NFC North that you can say “The Vikings have the best in the division”

  25. Vikings fans somehow think the team will be better even though their defense was horrible and now don’t have Allen and Williams. But somehow it magically got better and there is no cause for alarm. LOL

  26. Cordarrelle Patterson=469 yds rec lol. Joke

    Kyle Rudolph= not a top 10 te, decent not great

    Peterson=great, but how long will he sustain at 29yrs, wasted so much time on a pathetic team, should have demanded a trade after his second year in the league

    Greg Jennings=overpaid, overrated. Didn’t he say Matt cassel was better then Rogers, when he was first signed Lol?

    Norv Turner=failure coach, crappier coordinator.

    Qb’s-wtf I could pull a better depth from a d2 school.

  27. I have to give a few Viking fans credit for their unbending optimism. The odds are against them, but they still keep the faith. Can’t find fault in that.

  28. While I agree that Turner is a great O mind, he could be another great coach in the likes of Lombardi and it will do him no good without a great QB. That seems to be the one thing the Vikings have missed since they lost Tarkenton.

  29. “My head was spinning” was also used by the packers defender everytime Peterson and Kapernick was running away from them..

  30. Not since Denny Green have the Vikings had such an impressive group of coaches. We finally have some experience to lead this team. I love what I saw on tape from the first practice where it appears tempo will be focused. Can’t wait for training camp and watching this team in person. Just please don’t take a QB with the 8th pick!!!

  31. There are some very strong statements being made about how good the Vikings will be next season.

    I think the same statements have been made the last 5 decades.

    For example, the offensive line has still not proven they can block for AD.

    Lets relax and see how good these Vikings will be. Thinking with your heart is at least foolish.

  32. Greg Jennings, he’s a pretty smart guy ! Didn’t he win something like $2 million on Jeopardy ?

  33. As a Viking fan I have to say this. It’s a good thing Percy Harvin was traded or else his migraines would come back for sure.

  34. Yes, the offseason, the time of year when Vikings fans talk big, make plans for a title. In six months reality will have set in, they will be drunk in their seats and waiting for ice fishing.

  35. “Ice Fishing” nice.

    Everytime I watch “Fargo” on TV, I think of Viking fans convincing themselves they’re relevant in the NFL.

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