Norv Turner: Resignation in best interest of team

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Norv Turner resigned as the offensive coordinator for the Vikings on Wednesday morning in a move that adds another big change of plans to a long list in Minnesota this season.

The team has had to replace their projected quarterback, running back, left tackle and right tackle because of injuries and they’ve been working on integrating quarterback Sam Bradford into the mix on the fly after trading for him just before the start of the season. The results of their offensive work haven’t been very good — 31st in yards, 20 total points in two straight losses — but Turner’s departure still came as a surprise.

Turner issued a statement about his resignation on Wednesday that didn’t provide a great deal of insight into why Turner chose this moment to walk away.

“I have tremendous respect for Mike Zimmer, our coaching staff, and our players and at this time I think it is in the best interest of the team to step down,” Turner said. “I thank the Wilf family for my time here in Minnesota and want to see our players and coaches achieve success.”

Turner will be replaced by Pat Shurmur on an interim basis. Zimmer will meet the media later on Wednesday in a session that’s sure to feature a lot of discussion about Turner’s decision and the direction of the Vikings offense under its new management.

75 responses to “Norv Turner: Resignation in best interest of team

  1. This reeks of a disagreement between Zimmer and Turner. The offense has been terrible, and Zim ain’t happy about it.

  2. you should have done the Chargers a huge favor and resigned your first year there! POS overrated “genius”

  3. This looks like a polite firing to me. Turner has been stubborn with his play calling. Last 2 games he didn’t adjust his play calling at all to try and compensate for terrible o-line play. I expect to see a lot of shotgun and quick passing moving forward.

  4. He was singing the Toyota Corolla song “You don’t own me” as he walked out the door.

  5. The weird thing is that the offense was doing fine with the quick passing and short drops before the last two games. They weren’t great, but they were scoring touchdowns. I have no idea why they went back to the deep drops and slow-developing routes after the bye, but Norv must have insisted that’s the way they should be doing things.

  6. platinumraider32 says:
    Nov 2, 2016 11:42 AM

    Man……………what is going on in Minnesota????
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    They probably came to the realization that they actually need an offense.

  7. It appears the solid gold veneer is delaminating from the hull, exposing the real conditions. Maybe there’s a limited number of lifeboats, and he’s getting into one while the getting is good….so he can still find a job down the line.

    The new guy is without the same tools Turner was lacking. How doe that bode well?

    Turner certainly knows a lot more about it, and he isn’t telling because he can’t afford to burn the bridge.

  8. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Nov 2, 2016 11:45 AM
    I bet they still give him a Super Bowl ring.
    ////////////////////////////////////

    Did you find one for sale?

  9. His own ignorance led to this.

    5 and 7 step drops don’t work when your O-Line can’t hold a block for over 2 seconds.

    Trying to set up playaction doesn’t work when your rb’s are averaging 2.5 yards per carry.

    Need to get creative and adapt, two years of poor game planning led to this.

  10. I’ve never understood why people think he’s a great (or even average) offensive mind. When was the last time he ran an offense that was creative and high scoring? In general, he’s taken over mediocre to bad offenses and they stayed bad to mediocre.

    He represents one of the problems with NFL hiring, re-tread hires regardless of whether or not they are actually good at the job.

  11. When you put two experienced, talented and stubborn minds together (Turner and Zimmer) sometimes there is going to be friction. Turner didn’t exactly have much to work with the past few weeks. This move to me reeks of Zimmer telling Norv to change, and Norv having had enough of being told how to correctly run an offense by a defensive genius. And on that note… as an outside observer with no stake in this drama at all… is it just me, or does Zimmer seem to need a supply of fresh scapegoats any time something goes wrong? He’s a talented head coach, but is anything ever his fault?

  12. Unless Shurmer can pull an RB1 out of his @$$, I can’t imagine the offense gets any better…

  13. All we heard about the first 5 weeks was the genius of Norv Turner and how he did a masterful job getting Bradford comfortable and playing up to his ability.

    And now he’s fired.

    I have a high opinion of Zimmer, but I also find it hilarious that they lose 2 games and they are already firing people. Something about that Purple…

    Maybe next year Vikes fans….SKOL!!

  14. As a Vikes fan I can say this has been brewing for a while. Zimmer put up with Norv’s predictable offense for the last two years and after the Monday loss, apparently just had enough. There was a screen shot of Zimmer in Chicago at one point after another run up the middle for a 1 foot loss, saying “what was that?”. Chicago knew what the Vikes were gonna run before they even lined up.

    Norv has lived off of his Dallas glory days for years, but really has not produced as a HC or OC. No imagination on offense makes your predictable and with the injuries this year, things were not getting better with Turner.

  15. Norv, former OC for the Browns.
    Pat Shurmur, former head coach of the Browns.
    Not trending up for the Vikes.

  16. Wow, 5-2 and they are having a reaction like this…

    Granted they looked horrible the past two games, but give the Eagles defense some credit, and the Bears were bound to have a game where they overachieved…

    Would have given it another week before hitting the panic button.

  17. Norv is an offensive genius when he has Aikman, Emmitt, and Irvin in their prime. Along with 5 plows for an o line. Other than that he sucks.

    38 Coaches have won 100 games or more in NFL history. Norv is the only one with a losing record. He’s a loser. Now he’s a quitter. Good riddance.

  18. Remember when Viking fans were saying the were BETTER off WITHOUT Peterson

    Now they’re running the ball for under 3 yards a carry

    And could use the hell out of him to take pressure of that o-line

    Gotta love when a crappy team wins a few games and the fans start thinking winning is easy

  19. We’ll know who’s idea this was the minute Zimmer opens his mouth. If it was Zimmer’s call, he will say great things about turner. If turner just quit zimmer will blast him like he did bobby petrino.

  20. And MMQB was raving about how well Norv was doing with all the pieces shuffled and transitioning a new QB a week before the season.

    How quickly things change in the NFL. Vikes will be sorry, poor fans will still pee purple God bless em.

  21. My guess: Zimmer ran his mouth once again and Norv Turner told him to kick rocks.

    Turner has more rings than Minnesota will ever have as coordinator of the Cowboys. I said 5-11 and the Vikings are on track after his rant on the o line.

  22. It’s not just the offense. The defense showed little interest in playing on Monday night. It’s almost as if that loss to the Eagles destroyed the entire fabric of the team. They had nothing. Maybe they needed a wake up call like the Bears gave them or maybe they’re just not as good as we thought.

  23. The Vikings don’t strike me as a model franchise for stability. These sort of moves tend not to work out and are rarely done with 5-2 teams. The panic in the lockerroom will be exposed on the playing field.

    SKOL (still keep on losing) Vikings!

  24. I don’t understand all the comments in the last three stories talking about how this is a bad thing. Clearly, people are remembering Norv’s glory days and not the last two seasons.

    Packer fans will quickly remind us that the Vikings offense was 29th last year and is worse this year. Yes, the injuries are crazy. But dead last is dead last.

    This will only improve the offense. Or do you need to see more 5-7 step drops and sacks to believe me?

  25. corduroy88 says:
    Nov 2, 2016 11:57 AM
    All we heard about the first 5 weeks was the genius of Norv Turner and how he did a masterful job getting Bradford comfortable and playing up to his ability.

    And now he’s fired.

    I have a high opinion of Zimmer, but I also find it hilarious that they lose 2 games and they are already firing people. Something about that Purple…

    Maybe next year Vikes fans….SKOL!!

    -__________________________

    This ‘firing’ has more to do with his full tenure as OC. It’s been too much of the same from Norv. He doesn’t have a consistent feel for the game, especially on the road. Play calling needs to constantly adapt, and he’s shown he can’t adapt on the fly.

  26. “Give a man a reputation as an early riser and he can sleep ’til noon.”

    Norv Turner had the reputation as a great OC. I remember when he was with the Chargers I would hear that regurgitated by analysts over and over and I accepted it until a fellow football fan said look at the stats.

  27. Defensive oriented HCs typically have very little patience for offensive schemes that generate little field position or T.O.P. and a lot of turnovers. The fit between Bradford and Turner wasn’t working and he clearly has chosen to stick with the guy that cost him a 1st-round draft pick.

  28. I dunno – was it Norv who said all we need to draft is defense and WR’s?
    Was he the one said – never draft need – BPA baby… BPA draft night has nothing to do with BPA two years later so if you’re ignoring need you’re, looking for work – or taking the fall.

  29. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Nov 2, 2016 11:38 AM

    Why can’t my Packers do what’s best for the team?

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    MM will get a pass this year because of the injuries. Packers are a sinking ship as long as MM is in charge. He’s not able to make any adjustments in his offensive scheme to improve the team. To bad that Rodgers will be wasted like Favre was over the years because of bad coaching and not enough talent around them.

  30. You couch-surfing fans amuse me.. Vince Lombardi or Bill Belichick he was not but he certainly was/is a legitimate coordinator in the league. You kids have been playing too much Madden for your own good. The talent it takes to be even middle of the road at being an NFL coach is staggering. San Diego fans, your problem wasn’t Norv Turner it was the weak turnout by your fans and the questionable effort by your front office. Sorry to be the bearer of reality for you..

  31. I think he understands that Shurmer is much better equipped to run the offense than Norv is. Takes a big man to realize that and step down…

    A little alarming if it’s true that Zimmer didn’t realize that Norv was awful and was going to fire him.

  32. San Diego fans, your problem wasn’t Norv Turner it was the weak turnout by your fans

    The bearer of reality says that Norv choked in the playoffs because not enough fans showed up to the games… The hottest take I’ve ever seen.

  33. Way more to this story … OC’s don’t leave in mid-season of their own volition — with their team in first place.

  34. Like most NFL coaches, Norv knows more about what makes an NFL offense work than 99.99% of anonymous internet Madden-expert, fantasy-consumed posters.

  35. The Vikings don’t strike me as a model franchise for stability. These sort of moves tend not to work out and are rarely done with 5-2 teams.

    Some franchises continuously improve.. Others luck into a QB remain complacent for decades while annually getting bounced from the playoffs in embarrassing fashion.

    Glad the Vikings are continuously improving.

  36. Man……………what is going on in Minnesota????

    Hopefully a parade and a new state holiday. This is the best news I’ve ever heard.

  37. I’ve read that Shurmur was calling the plays since Bradford started until the game after the bye (Philidephia).

    Norv resumed play calling after the bye and all of a sudden we’re back to 5 and 7 step drops. This O line can’t handle 7 step drops.

    And then there are a Norvs calls with 1st and goal in Chicago.
    Mobile Teddy could cover for Norv and the O line, Bradford can’t.

    Norv wasn’t great last year and wasn’t all that this year either.

  38. tjacks7 says:
    Nov 2, 2016 1:20 PM

    The Vikings don’t strike me as a model franchise for stability. These sort of moves tend not to work out and are rarely done with 5-2 teams.

    Some franchises continuously improve.. Others luck into a QB remain complacent for decades while annually getting bounced from the playoffs in embarrassing fashion.

    Glad the Vikings are continuously improving.
    ————————-
    Did you actually say “Glad the Vikings are continuously improving”?
    Have you been away the past few weeks?

  39. He has no O line to protect a suspect QB in Bradford to begin with. His two top O line, Adrian Pederson, his top running back were all missing the past two games and things came apart.
    Got to beleive he was blamed and said adios folks. The team is 5-2 and looking at 5-3. It has gone in the tank last two games and the D is a big part of it also.
    I had this team going to the SB and now I think not. Bradford is the weak link. Teams get it, its a short passing game so rush hard and play short.

  40. I dont know what level of pressure he was feeling but it really should be extraordinary circumstances for him to leave in this fashion. The Vikings have put together a competitive team and remarkably salvaged what looked like a lost year and they dont deserve this additional level of turbulence.

  41. “I bet they still give him a Super Bowl ring.”

    **********************************************

    What should he get a ring for Super Bowl 75? They sure ain’t going to win one this year!

  42. There is no answer for a line that can’t either run block or pass block.
    You can win with a one dimensional offense and a great defense.
    But a no-dimensional offense?
    Norv quit on Wednesday. The players quit Monday night. They know what’s up.

  43. Not buying all the negativity. PS was brought in to replace Turner, and he has. It’s could be an upgrade.

    Surprised no one has mentioned Norv quit 1-day after the trade deadline passed. Perhaps he’s miffed at the GM for not sending a 2nd to Cleveland for Thomas? If so, Turner is in the wrong. Enough.

    We will see who’s standing when the dust settles. I wouldn’t bet against Zimmer and that defense.

  44. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Nov 2, 2016 11:38 AM
    Why can’t my Packers do what’s best for the team?
    ___________________

    The vikings offense is turning into a dumpster fire and you lost to the lowly bears. No matter how you try and spin this into a Packers dis, you end up looking ridiculous.

  45. Lost to the lowly bears, but beat the lowly Packers.

    The Packers did lose last week, right? Amazing how the packer trolls are out in full force ripping on Vikings who are 1.5 games up on them in the division. Packers also played like crap for 3 weeks in a row, but the Vikings are doomed after 2 weeks of crappy play? Nice logic.

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