Norv Turner’s resignation leaves Vikings in disarray, again

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However the 2016 season ends for the Vikings, they will have dealt with as much adversity as any Vikings team in recent memory, if not ever.

From the Teddy Bridgewater injury to the Sam Bradford trade to injuries that have resulted in the placement of Adrian Peterson, Matt Kalil, and Andre Smith on injured reserve to a shocking 5-0 start to a two-game losing streak that left them looking like one of the worst teams in football to the abrupt resignation of offensive coordinator Norv Turner, the roller coaster continues to rocket from highs to lows.

This one may bring the open-air purple train to lowest of the lows, especially as the Vikings try to right a sinking ship. At the end of the same day devoted to game planning, Turner communicated his resignation to head coach Mike Zimmer. Now, at a time when the Vikings should be installing that plan in an effort to be best prepared to face the Lions, the Vikings are trying to process this unexpected turn of events.

Zimmer told reporters within the hour that he has yet to meet with the team. Quarterback Sam Bradford later told reporters he learned of the move not from the organization but from his wife, who received an alert on her phone regarding the move.

Bradford, as a result, has yet to even talk to new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur about the approach to be employed only four days from now, when Minnesota hosts Detroit.

And so on what otherwise is the most important day of the workweek, the Vikings will be distracted by the news of Turner’s sudden disappearance, wondering while they process the development why he threw in the towel on a 5-2 team. The only good news for the Vikings is that they’ve encountered plenty of dysfunction this year, which may make them even more prepared to process the latest screwball from one of the screwiest seasons any team could ever endure.

51 responses to “Norv Turner’s resignation leaves Vikings in disarray, again

  1. This will just be another line on Zimmer’s Coach of the Year resume. There’s no way this resignation came as a surprise to Zimmer. This team is used to making changes on the fly. If they lose this week, it won’t be because of a new offensive coordinator. Zimmer is going to get this open-air purple train back on the track and this is the first step.

  2. Everything went downhill since the signing of Jake Long… Its like the vikings immediately went from the team they were the first five games to the 2010 Rams the past two. Then, to fix it, we now get another Rams castoff to run the O in Pat Shurmur. No wonder Bradford is seeing ghosts, he’s surrounded by those of his past on a daily basis

  3. as much adversity as any Vikings team in recent memory, if not ever… I dunno, 2005 and 2010 were pretty unique. And then there’s the end of 98, the les steckel experiment and a handful of other years where everything crazy you could think of happened.

  4. Disarray? Everyone that knows football knew Shurmer would eventually take over as OC. It just happened to come sooner than some expected because Norv and/or Zimmer finally realized Norv is a horrible OC.

  5. I was starting to feel a little too comfortable, thanks Norv! In Minnesota we thrive on adversity. Now I’m more confident than ever that the ship will be righted. Long live the purple and gold.

  6. Norv must have got yelled at. It’s the only explanation. Norv has never quit, see Cleveland and the Raiders.

  7. Short passing is the only thing this terrible offensive line can support. Norv was never the guy for that. Shurmur is far more suited to it, but won’t have the luxury of installing a new system mid-season.

    Even still, there’s no way to coach around how bad this offensive line is. If the Vikings are going to do anything in the playoffs, or even make it there, it’s going to have to be Sparano working miracles in coaching up this bunch of stiffs, not Shurmur.

  8. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Nov 2, 2016 1:11 PM
    This will just be another line on Zimmer’s Coach of the Year resume. There’s no way this resignation came as a surprise to Zimmer. This team is used to making changes on the fly. If they lose this week, it won’t be because of a new offensive coordinator. Zimmer is going to get this open-air purple train back on the track and this is the first step.

    Ha coach of the year? Through 7 games with a 5-2 record? I’m pretty sure that guy in NE has locked that up, without Brady for the 1st 4 games, and using 3 different QB’s so far this season. I promise you there is NOBODY outside of Minnesota who thinks Mike Zimmer is the coach of the year so far.

  9. ragnarthemagnificent says:
    Nov 2, 2016 1:26 PM
    I was starting to feel a little too comfortable, thanks Norv! In Minnesota we thrive on adversity. Now I’m more confident than ever that the ship will be righted. Long live the purple and gold.

    You make some great points. I know when my team is struggling to score points (20 in the last 2 games, 14 coming in garbage time, and sticking with the same personnel/crappy o-line), I am spewing with confidence! Can Shurmur block? Run the ball? Throw the ball? If so, he’s your guy.

  10. ragnarthemagnificent says:
    Nov 2, 2016 1:26 PM
    I was starting to feel a little too comfortable, thanks Norv! In Minnesota we thrive on adversity. Now I’m more confident than ever that the ship will be righted. Long live the purple and gold.

    I didn’t know that Shurmur could pass block, run the ball, and throw the ball? If that’s the case, look out rest of the NFC North!

  11. Norv health conditions and realizing that what he wanted to do did not fit this group of players and suggestions he was getting from the new OC to be did fit the players. So he quit because he knew Zimmer would never fire him in season and he had too much pride to demote himself.

    He did not use the word “retire”, but think about it would you hire an OC who just up and quit cause things got tough? Yeh I think his long career is done.

    Thanks for the 2 1/2 of helping Zimmer focus on the D while you did the O.

    He will work within the system they have but play calling may change HEY and some personnel may change.

  12. The resignation of Norv is TERRIBLE news…

    for every OTHER team in the NFC.

    Granted, while Mid-season is never good, I’m excited to see what this offense can now bring to the table. We might not see the results immediately, but it won’t take long. Say goodbye to the totally predictable, antiquated play-calling. Say goodbye to the seven step drops even though the defense is in the QB’s face every single down. The Vikings will right the ship. I think by the end of the season, we’ll look back and this will be regarded as one of the best things that has happened to this team.

    Love all the post making this sound like a long-term problem for the Vikings. When this offense gets rolling, this team will be your absolute worst nightmare. Funny how all the Packer trolls think the season is over. Who is currently up on you by a game and a half?

  13. I wish Norv nothing but the best.

    Not sure what the reason was for the sudden departure – but I’m sure he thought it through before making the decision.

    Go Vikes!

  14. slitey24 says:
    Nov 2, 2016 1:57 PM

    Ha coach of the year? Through 7 games with a 5-2 record? I’m pretty sure that guy in NE has locked that up, without Brady for the 1st 4 games, and using 3 different QB’s so far this season. I promise you there is NOBODY outside of Minnesota who thinks Mike Zimmer is the coach of the year so far.
    _____

    I’m pretty sure they vote on coach of the year at the end of the season, not seven games in.

  15. Hahahhaha, trying to make a story where there is none. Shurmur was hired as Turners eventual replacement a while back and has worked with the offense since his hire. He has no learning curve, the players all know him, the coach knows him, he knows the playbook, etc. etc. The only disarray is in getting used to his new place to stand on Sunday.

  16. The offense has pretty much stunk under Turner from the start. Maybe it’s not his fault given that Bridgewater isn’t that good, and with all of the injuries.

    To my fellow Vikings fans cheering that this is great and predicting all kinds of wins going forward…shut up!

    The Vikings couldn’t beat Cleveland the last two weeks.

  17. Here’s what happened. I almost guarantee it.

    Pat was at the helm of calling the plays when Bradford started in week 2 bc he was familiar w/ Bradford from Philly and vice versa. He proceeded to call the plays until week 7 against the Eagles. Enter Norv.

    Norv has two lackluster games and cant seem to get anything going. Zimmer/Speilman puts Pat back in charge of making plays for week 9 against the Lions.

    Norv gets pissed he’s no longer in charge, and decides he’s had enough & resigns.

    This would make sense as to why everyone was so caught off guard with it, included coaches. They probably thought Norv would be upset, but not upset enough to quit.

  18. “The only good news for the Vikings is that they’ve encountered plenty of dysfunction this year”

    Do unfortunate injuries count as “dysfunction” these days?

  19. Norv has been a terrible coach for years. Remember how he turned Philip Rivers’ Chargers into a team that was lucky to get 21 ppg? I can’t help but think his resignation may actually help the Vikes

  20. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Nov 2, 2016 2:39 PM
    slitey24 says:
    Nov 2, 2016 1:57 PM

    Ha coach of the year? Through 7 games with a 5-2 record? I’m pretty sure that guy in NE has locked that up, without Brady for the 1st 4 games, and using 3 different QB’s so far this season. I promise you there is NOBODY outside of Minnesota who thinks Mike Zimmer is the coach of the year so far.
    _____

    I’m pretty sure they vote on coach of the year at the end of the season, not seven games in.

    Exactly my point. You had Zimmer all but coach of the year so far.

  21. Last I looked the team was 5-2, and as noted above, injuries can hardly be deemed dysfunction. It’s precisely because of the stability of the organization that the team has been able to win 5 games.

    Adversity would be the more appropriate word. And for the cheesers gloating about all of this, keep in mind this supposedly dysfunctional team has beaten yours the last two times they played each other.

  22. lionsandvikingsandbearsohmy says:
    Nov 2, 2016 2:57 PM
    Also: perhaps the Vikings have forgotten what it’s like to have the division-winner’s schedule. They get all the tough teams this season.. soon. Because the easy part of their schedule is now over.
    _________

    While they are designed to “Have the tough schedule” Those Panthers are NOT playing like NFC Champions last year. That is the is today’s NFL though, teams can fluctuate, quite a bit, even though it seems like a whole lot hasn’t changed.

    Schedule aside it doesn’t matter WHO is penciled in for the week, if the VIkings play like they did on MNF they are going to be leaving with an L

  23. There’s no doubt that Turner is a horrible HC, but he’s also a vastly overrated OC – probably the most overrated of all time. Sure he did well in Dallas, but anyone could’ve had good results with the HOFers that Jimmy Johnson had on the early ’90s Cowboys. It speaks for itself that nearly everywhere that Turner went (afte.r Dallas) the offense was worse off than before.

    He’s lasted as long as he has in the NFL coaching ranks because he has excellent skills at ingratiating himself with those above him the hierarchy.

  24. Two weeks ago I wouldn’t have thought the Lions could have a chance in the division. A win could happen at Minny, and if it does, they will be in the hunt.

  25. bringbackwayne says:
    Nov 2, 2016 4:54 PM
    Two weeks ago I wouldn’t have thought the Lions could have a chance in the division. A win could happen at Minny, and if it does, they will be in the hunt
    ////////////////////////////////

    The Lions definitely have a chance to make a statement. They have been playing well (at times.) I think their wins and losses were all one score differentials. When Stafford is hot, he’s hot.

    I picked the Bears over the Vikings and said so on this site. I’m saying the same thing about the Lions.

  26. Pretty clear Norv knows that OL cannot be fixed. With no cap space, the trade deadline past, there is no hope of fixing it. So why suffer through a long season of failure as teams have clearly figured out they don’t have to blitz to get pressure, they can sit back in coverage. The OL can’t open running lanes and can’t stop a 4 man rush. For Fantasy owners, I’d start whatever defense is playing MN the rest of the season. They will all look like the ’85 Bears.

    What a waste of a great defense.

  27. I had to remind my fellow Vikings fans to pump the breaks when they were 5-0 pointing out last years Falcons. Now I’m saying to calm down about the O-Line and the sacks and Norv’s resignation. It’s not the end of the season. In fact it could very well be a hidden blessing. Shurmur favors an up tempo west coast pass first offense that opens up the run game with short to medium timing passes. He doesn’t do the 7 step drop, he gets the ball out fast on a 3 step drop. Once the teams start playing the short pass he hits them with screens and deep shots off of double moves. I’m telling you this is going to look like a completely different team on Sunday and over the next few weeks. The bye knocked the Vikings off kilter but it is what they needed. If the season ended today the Vikes would be the 2 seed. So to paraphrase Aaron Rodgers. R E L A X

  28. “This will just be another line on Zimmer’s Coach of the Year resume. There’s no way this resignation came as a surprise to Zimmer. This team is used to making changes on the fly. If they lose this week, it won’t be because of a new offensive coordinator. Zimmer is going to get this open-air purple train back on the track and this is the first step.

    It’s still real to me dammit!

  29. If my Vikes can make the postseason, I’ll consider it a win. Not sure I have seen such a strange season, ups and downs, changes and injuries.

    What a year. Ugh.

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