Mike Zimmer was “very, very surprised” by Norv Turner’s decision to resign

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Norv Turner wasn’t going to be pushed, if he hadn’t jumped.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, meeting with reporters on Wednesday, said he was “very, very surprised” by the decision of Turner to resign. Zimmer said that the decision was made solely by Turner.

“Norv is a very, very good friend of mine,” Zimmer said. “He’s helped me tremendously in the three years that I’ve been here. He’s had an unbelievable career. He’s been my right hand man since I’ve been here.”

There were no disputes or disagreements, Zimmer said, regarding the offense.

Zimmer said that he believes Turner is “OK” from a health perspective, but Zimmer wasn’t unequivocal on that point.

“I don’t know, you’d have to ask him,” Zimmer said. “He didn’t tell me he was ill.”

Zimmer also said it wasn’t a retirement but a resignation, which implies Turner will surface somewhere else.

Moving forward, Zimmer indicated that Pat Shurmur likely will have the same autonomy that Turner had when running the offense, calling it “almost 100-percent total free will in everything they’ve done offensively.”

This year, especially lately, the offense hasn’t done much. It will now be up to Shurmur to do more.

For Zimmer, it’s clearly an emotional juncture of the season. His voice broke near the end of the press conference when discussing his relationship with Turner.

65 responses to “Mike Zimmer was “very, very surprised” by Norv Turner’s decision to resign

  1. Wow…too many bromances in that locker room to keep count.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  2. It will say a lot about Zimmer and the Vikes if Turner ends up coaching somewhere else this season or next depending on the contract status.

  3. What in God’s name is going on?

    Is he emotional because he just forced his good friend out the door? Or is he emotional that a close friend of his abruptly left the team, during the season, potentially to seek greener pastures elsewhere.

    Stay tuned, this is definitely a weird one.

  4. Wow, unless Zim is lying, and the emotion shown in his presser indicates he wasn’t, Norm bagged on him and the team. If that’s true, it’s pretty weak.

  5. Ask a Skins fan, I can’t help but feel for the Vikes.

    They went from last undefeated team in a miracle season of makeshift patchwork total team effort with most HC experienced coaching staff to… TBD

    The 2012 Ravens ran the table after firing OC midseason…

  6. I wish Mike would surprise Ted like this. And then Ted could surprise us, too.

  7. I don’t really care the reason or the stories that follow regarding this decision. The bottom line was that his offense was too predictable and many times down right perplexing (down by 10 points with time winding down and he’s running 2 yard dive plays at mid field). Thanks for your time Norv, time to move on.

  8. The bottom line is that the love child of Don Coryell and Bill Walsh couldn’t put together a decent offense with this historically horrible OL. Bradford is actually proving to be tougher than I thought he was. I figured he’d be in a full-body cast by now with the beatings he’s taking.

    There’s really nothing MN can do about that OL this season. They’ll also need to be creative on how they deal with it this offseason because they mortgaged a big chunk of their future for Bradford.

    Who knows what will happen, but if this season goes south for them it’ll be yet another example of how going all-in can blow up badly right in your face.

  9. Kind of makes snese. Norv realizes what I knew years ago, Bradford is a bust QB who is going nowhere and Norv didn’t want to stick around when the you know what hit the fan at the end of the season. ‘You gave up what to get him?”

  10. There’s no weapons he did not resign he just left because there is no offense to coordinate ! It would be like a chef reporting to a kitchen with just a refrigerator !!!

  11. ariani1985 says:
    Nov 2, 2016 12:27 PM
    he will be coaching turd bay with mike McCheesburger being done after they miss the playoffs!

    Uhh no, I’d say your franchise far exceeds ours when it comes to each other’s sloppy seconds. This is simply rats deserting the Titanic. Watch out below!!

  12. “Any time someone says “very, very” it means they are lying.”
    ————————————

    what a very, very profound and intelligent statement.

    Seriously, Zimmer’s not really that kind of guy.

  13. packertruth says:
    Nov 2, 2016 12:20 PM

    Any time someone says “very, very” it means they are lying.

    The Packers have the Very, Very best fans in the league!

  14. Losing both tackles on a line protecting Sam Bradford is like holding a stick of dynamite with the fuse lit. He probably told them they better trade for Staley or Joe Thomas, and when they didn’t…he dropped the dynamite and ran.

  15. Zimmer’s “minor medical procedure” must have been having chunks of flesh removed from his teeth after chewing Turner’s ass. Hope the Vikes fans find the grass greener on the other side now that they’ve gotten what they were wishing for.

  16. immafubared says:
    Nov 2, 2016 12:31 PM

    Kind of makes snese. Norv realizes what I knew years ago, Bradford is a bust QB who is going nowhere and Norv didn’t want to stick around when the you know what hit the fan at the end of the season. ‘You gave up what to get him?”
    ———————–

    Bradford isn’t the problem with that offense.

    Theodore Bridgewater likely wouldn’t have done as well.

  17. Like I have always said, this is easily the most fascinating team in the NFL, and its not particularly close either. That includes for better, and for worse.

    I wouldn’t want to be a fan of any other franchise. Being a Vikings fan is one of the strangest things ever, and I guarantee it is impossible for fans of other teams to comprehend how you can simultaneously be this good, this bad, this functional, and this dysfunctional. Its literally one thing after another.

    How this team doesn’t get more national attention over the likes of the Giants and Cowboys(the 2 most boring teams ever), I will never know. Perhaps thats why the journalistic medium is rotting from within.

    Even if we never win a championship, I would never have it any other way, this is too entertaining to accurately articulate to an outside audience.

    Next man up? Geez I dunno man I’m just along for the ride.

  18. Norv’s smart. The Viking’s organization game him an o-line made of tackling dummies and a quarterback held together with scotch tape and bubble gum. Why would he want any parts of what will surely be a disastrous second half of the season?

  19. Short of him being ill, this is one of the biggest cop outs since Barry Sanders left the Lions a few days before training camp.

  20. This sounds like a pride decision. Like maybe Norv knew he didn’t have the guys to accomplish the kind of offense he wants to coach.

    I wonder if this was anticipated and Norv was offered a consultant gig but declined.

  21. Any time someone says “very, very” it means they are lying.
    ————-
    I’m very, very sure that’s incorrect.

  22. Viking fans can still enjoy the season by watching to see if Clay Matthews gets any more fines.

    And seeing if the Packers can win second place in the NFCN this year. Tougher competition but I think they can do it. My guess is 3rd or 4th place will take another year or two.

  23. The MN Vikings have changed the popular saying of “next man up” to “next man down”.

    Zimmer: We all appreciate your passion but it’s still a business. Mix in one aspirin a day as well.

  24. Zimmer was emotional because he had to part ways with a good friend, but that doesn’t mean he was surprised by this move. He may not have pushed Norv out the door, but he certainly told him what he thought about the offense he was running and I don’t think it was too complementary. Both Mike and Norv want to do what is best for the team and I think they both realized this was it.

  25. commenters… a bunch of toolbags… any team can play with a bad OL, Erin Rodgers has done it for years… You just do quick snap to pass, have the WR sitting at the line of scrimmage ready to roll. Or same thing with RB screens… quick snap to pass. Tom Brady is another one whos good at it, quick snap to pass.
    also, use TE and RB and even WR, to help block for the porous OL!
    What is so hard to figure out?!?!?!?
    I’ll hope the check is in the mail vikes! $75K should suffice!

  26. There are 1 of 2 conclusions that can be made from Zimmers comments – “very, very surprised” by the decision of Turner to resign. Zimmer said that the decision was made solely by Turner and There were no disputes or disagreements, Zimmer said, regarding the offense”

    1. Zimmer had extremely poor communication with Turner (his rght hand man according to Zimmer)
    2. Zimmer is lying

    Which do you think it is ?

  27. What do the ‘Fire Norv Turner’ fanboys say when this offense continues to sputter now? Sometimes there’s a syndrome called lack of talent, which even the best coaches can mask.

  28. Jay72: You could not be more wrong. A simple google search would tell you that Minnesota is committed to approximately 141,314,694 in salary. The cap is 167,953,012.

    They will be about 27 million under the cap. Thats not even counting if AP gets released among a few others.

    There is no excuse for you making a foolish statement like that ,when you have the web at your fingertips.

  29. ariani1985 says:
    Nov 2, 2016 12:27 PM
    he will be coaching turd bay with mike McCheesburger being done after they miss the playoffs!

    19 63

    ————–

    You guys lost to the bears. Every power ranking has you out of the top 10. That means you don’t get to peddle make believe for at least a week.

    toodlez

  30. I love that everyone says ‘Shurmer was going to be the guy” then why not just own it, and tell Turner to jog on, then you can go through the WHOLE season with Shurmer as the guy.

    It seems like yesterday when they were talking about using Treadwell “like Irvin, in the Cowboys offense”

  31. shaggytoodle says:
    Nov 2, 2016 2:18 PM
    I love that everyone says ‘Shurmer was going to be the guy” then why not just own it, and tell Turner to jog on, then you can go through the WHOLE season with Shurmer as the guy.

    It seems like yesterday when they were talking about using Treadwell “like Irvin, in the Cowboys offense”

    Two… Then 3 offensive linens got hurt and things change. End of the day, Vikings are 1.5 games up in the division and still control their own destiny with a matchup against the Cowboys on the horizon.

    If reports the Shurmer was running the offense the first four weeks that Bradford played are right then I’m not to worried about the last 2 weeks.

  32. What an act! People think Zimmer is some kind of great coach because he’s so “old school”. Well, he was an assistant forever for a reason.

    Can you imagine this man in a job interview? He’d be screaming at the interviewer within two minutes.

  33. universalchurchoftruth says:
    Nov 2, 2016 12:56 PM

    Zimmer: Stop it with all the 5 and 7 foot drops.
    Turner: I quit.

    That’s a surprise?

    ——————————————————–

    Word.

    The issue is Norv’s passing tree. He uses it to stretch the field. However, when the O-line personnel cannot pass block adequately, Norv’s offense breaks down.

  34. This entire fiasco is on Rick. Signed 2 has been offensive lineman in free agency. Cant draft offensive lineman. Traded up to get a kick returner that is dumb as a box of rocks. Cant draft a quarterback. Mortgaged the future for a back up/journeyman QB. Didnt cut ties with the baby beater or draft a suitable replacement for him. Year after year spend a ton of money on a washed up free agent WR thats leaves the following season. Right now the offense has two players, Diggs and Rudolf the rest is a hot mess.

  35. Zim and Rick drafted D and that’s exactly what they have. D Sun Tzu would advise against going to war with only a defensive strategy.

  36. ariani1985 says:
    Nov 2, 2016 12:27 PM
    he will be coaching turd bay with mike McCheesburger being done after they miss the playoffs!
    ______________

    Have to give it to ariani, the queens offense is a mess and the league has their defense figured out, but he is still trying to make every article about the Packers. No matter how foolish the comment, the hits just keep on coming!

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