Stunner: Norv Turner resigns as Vikings offensive coordinator

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As blows to their offense go, this one is right up there with the loss of Adrian Peterson.

The Vikings announced that Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has resigned, and would be replaced in the interim by Pat Shurmur.

No reason was given for the move or the timing, but it’s going to be yet another huge adjustment for a team which already lost a franchise quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater), traded for another one (Sam Bradford), put their former MVP running back on injured reserve folloing knee surgery (Adrian Peterson) and lost both starting offensive tackles (Matt Kalil and Andre Smith).

Turner never quite panned out as a head coach, but has been regarded as one of the top offensive minds in the game for decades, primarily from his work with the Cowboys in the early 1990s.

157 responses to “Stunner: Norv Turner resigns as Vikings offensive coordinator

  1. Norv was a good offensive coach, that’s too bad. Hope it’s not medical-related.

    As a Vikings fan, it’s hard not to feel like the wheels are coming off.

  2. This is crazy. He has been an amazing offensive coordinator and QB guru for years. Just wasn’t a great head coach. Zimmer doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to panic to me. So thinking this is something personal for him that is going on. Hopefully whatever it is is turns out alright.

  3. Good. He has had no imagination since coming here. Run AP middle. Run AP middle. No AP…..what do I do?!

    Hopefully this will open the offense…..though the OL needs to do their job also.

  4. Makes a lot of sense….. The last two weeks, he has been running HIS plays, rather than plays that worked for Bradford the first 4 weeks. Pat Shurmur was NOT brought in to simply be the Tight Ends coach.

  5. You guys throw around the term “franchise quarterback ” quite loosely over there at PFT huh?

    FYI: neither is and not because I’m a Lions fan, but because I’m a football fan.

  6. jwestlin says:
    Nov 2, 2016 10:43 AM
    Norv was a good offensive coach, that’s too bad. Hope it’s not medical-related.

    As a Vikings fan, it’s hard not to feel like the wheels are coming off.

    ——-

    You’ve got a rock named Zimmer. Its going to be ok. He has got a plan. Trust me.

    – Packer Fan

  7. Pure speculation, but I’m guessing there were irreconcilable differences between Zimmer and Turner on how the offense should be run. Turner’s offense just isn’t effective for the personnel (or lack of personnel) the Vikings have. I’m sure Pat Shurmur will probably take over and there will be more of a West Coast offense, which is actually what they were doing earlier in the year.

  8. I say he was let go, offered a chance at resigning instead of firing. Zimmer don’t mess around, he wants offensive production. I’m happy, Norv is a great guy but not up to date with modern offense .

  9. It’s not a stunner. Shurmur has been the only coach to get anything out of Bradford back in his rookie year, and you have to try to justify that silly trade somehow. However, Turner has been overrated for years based on his 3 or 4 years with Hall of Fame personnel in Dallas 25 years ago, and if I’m not mistaken, many said he came into the year on the hot seat there because that offense was so mundane. The only thing is that Zimmer gave him the dignity of resigning instead of getting fired like Trestman and Roman probably due to their friendship.

  10. I hope it’s not a health issue for Norv.
    But… It’s not like the Vikings offense has been anything special since Norv has been there.
    Maybe he’s realized his style of offense has went the way of the dodo bird.

  11. When was the last time an oc won multiple Super Bowls with one team then goes on and win another with other teams? None! I’m confident Shumur will do a fine job.

  12. Can’t really blame Norv for the offensive woes this year with the team losing its starting QB, top 2 RBs, top 2 OTs, and a bazillion TEs, not to mention the need to change the system not only when Teddy went down, but also when AP went down. A mid-year resignation in this case certainly isn’t going to fix anything. Norv is pretty old — I wonder if its health related.

  13. Vikings are doing everything possible to give the division back to Packers

    Packers are doing everything possible to not take back the division from the Vikings

  14. This is quite a news story. I don’t think many saw this happening. Yes he was having trouble with the offense but most OC would want to correct it. I hope there isn’t a medical reason behind this.

  15. Best of luck to you Norv. Thanks for your time here with us. Maybe you can come back and help us figure out how to get the ball to our TEs!

    RAIDER NATION

  16. Wow, despite the losses back to back, I still feel like Turner was to be attributed for a lot of the teams success especially with Bradford. You know this was pressure from the top because for once they were winning, and really the winning started with Zimmer and Turner when they were hired. Back to irrelevancy and the unavoidable eventual loss of a good HC in Zimmer.

  17. this is long overdue. Norv’s playcalling has born a sad, striking resemblence to Childress’s Kick Ass Offense. try to make the players fit the system instead of adjusting the system to fit the players…

  18. First of all, best of luck to Norv. He’s had a hell of a career, and I certainly hope this isn’t anything health-related.

    Having said that, it most likely is performance related. The man has been there for three years and the offense had been ranked near the bottom of the league every year (in terms of passing) Granted, that was because of young (and at times below average) quarterback play… but the last few weeks the play-calling had seemed to deviate away from what had worked in the first quarter of the season and become far more predictable.

    Pat Shurmer has a lot of experience with Bradford, he’ll have to most likely tweak his system in terms of verbiage to keep familiarity with the other guys, but hopefully this well help alleviate some of the issues along the offensive line and keep Sam upright.

    All the best, Norv.

  19. My guess is that for whatever reason they were going to give Turner the axe, and out of respect they gave him the choice to step down. On the other side of the coin, the Jags fire their OC a day after the HC said there would be no changes to the coaching staff.
    If it’s not health related, Turner will have no problem finding a job next season.

  20. Really enjoying these people blaming him for the state of an offense missing its running back, QB, both starting offensive tackles and another starting lineman.

    Especially when that offense wasn’t really good to start with.

  21. One 400 yd. game in the past 27 by the O. He was fired!

    Great move. This O stinks. No good run schemes. No quick, short throws in the Norv playbook to counteract a weak set of tackles blocking.

    Love it!

  22. Many Viking faithful have been calling for this for 2 years now!
    The Shurmer hiring before the year started introduced this as a chance to happen. He will do a great job, they have a chance now to get this thing turned back around.

  23. It’s hard to prepare for a SuperBowl banquet when all they give you is paper plates and plastic forks.

  24. Zimmer does not patiently wait for improvement. Norv’s first two years were poor, to be honest. When Zimmer brought in Shurmur this past summer, the local Vikings bloggers could see this coming if the offense didn’t get better. It’s not really as huge a surprise as it seems.

  25. Not a stunner to anyone watching the Vikings this year. Norv’s play calling was a bigger problem for the Vikings than their offensive line. The season is saved!!! See ya Norv!!!!!!!!!

  26. Man props to the eagles for landing an eventual top 15 pick….vikes might win 2 more games this year…and I am a cowboys fan

  27. Well, there goes the dynasty. HoW many playoff games did they win? Queen Nation sure was fun. Loved it when they’d pop a 6 inch bicep to make a ridiculous claim to greatness. Cute.

    Stick a fork I em, Vikes are done baby. Bring back Bud Grant.

  28. I wonder if this was the last straw for Norv after yesterday, the last trading day in the NFL.

    Vikings were after Bills Cordy Glenn’s back-up but it didn’t happen.

    Limited resources for Norv in the trenches, but no creativity these last several games.

  29. People think he actually just resigned for no reason? He resigned so he wouldn’t being fired or at best demoted. Should have happened 2 years ago. And it definitely should have happened after the Seattle playoff game.

    He was the most predictable play caller in all of sports. The offensive line may be horrible, but they haven’t been put in position to succeed. When an average fan can guess run/pass at 80% plus accuracy you know defensive coordinators can. This is probably the most exciting day of my life as a Viking fan.

  30. Does this really solve the offensive issues for the Vikes? They still can’t block and their QB is coming back to reality. Unless Shurmur can solve both of these issues, quickly, I don’t see a whole lot changing.

  31. I doubt this was Norv’s decision. I’m guessing Zimmer forced him out. And it’s not just because of the last two games. Vikings’ offense has been near the bottom of the league since Norv has been there. He was put on notice in the off-season with the hiring of Shurmur. The fact that Norv couldn’t, or wouldn’t, alter his offense to better fit his personnel has been painfully obvious. Bottom line, it was time for Norv to go.

  32. Confusing move, bur aside from the timing, I’m not too upset. He was a good coordinator for a long time, however, he seemed to want to run his own system instead of playing to the strength of the players that aren’t yet on IR. It will be interesting to see how the team responds on Sunday.

  33. Anyone saying this is shocking must not be in touch with the majority of the Vikings fan base. Most fans have been anxiously waiting for this to happen.

    I thought the consensus for this year was that Norv was on a short leash, and Shurmur was brought in as a warning. Regardless, I was getting so tired of hearing about Norv’s gigantic variety of plays… He must have started forgetting a lot of them with his old age.

  34. Zimmer is going to lose the team.
    This is his 3rd freak out this season.
    1)teddy gets hurt;Zimmer calls season lost
    2)first loss after 5 game win streak;goes bonkers on players.
    3)Bradford is who he is; Zim finds scapegoat

    Zimmer needs to learn how to handle adversity.

  35. jwestlin says:

    Norv was a good offensive coach, that’s too bad.

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    Yea in the 1990s and early 2000s. He was a complete joke with the Vikings. If you go back and watch the games the Vikings offense has played well the last two years you’ll see that its when they’re pass first and use the pass to set up the run. They also are more west coast and get the ball into the hands of playmakers.

    When their offense stinks, they get obsessed with “establishing the run” on every first down, become ultra conservative, end up falling behind, and rely on the downfield passing game Norv loves even though they have no offensive line.

    Shurmer is a west coast guy and will bring back the quick, short passing game and let playmaker make plays. That will help the line out tremendously. As will not having the most predictable offense in the league.

  36. Not really a shocker considering the state of the offense and the fact that they brought in Pat Shurmur to be the tight ends coach. My guess is that Norv was going to be let go, but Zimmer gave him the option of resigning. Norv is a classy guy and it’s a shame it didn’t work, but the last couple weeks are proof that it just wasn’t happening. The O-line is a mess, yet I’ve seen nothing in the game plan to compensate for that.

  37. Vikings fans? He lost his starting QB, got a known underachiever to replace him, lost the best RB of his generation with jags to replace him, TWO starting tackles and somehow it was Norv’s fault? No wonder Green Bay fans scoff at you. Remember when they started 5-0 and were number one on PFT’s power ranking? I do. Norv was a genius for what he was doing with Bradford you guys were saying. He’s a damn good offensive coach, not a miracle worker. Vikings are this years Falcons. Start fast, lose players and go in the tank the rest of the way. Zim’s found his fall guy. Good luck winning a game or two the rest of the way. Signed, an AFCE team and long time NFL fan.

  38. “As blows to their offense go, this one is right up there with the loss of Adrian Peterson.”

    As a Packers fan, this is very disappointing. This is more like losing Bridgewater, it will help them.

  39. yea, am I the only one that saw that the vikings oline is a complete joke? I mean I saw 63 in the game get tossed and run over on practically every drop back, the tackles are complete garbage and cannot pass or run block–what type of call sheet can you even put together with that?

  40. Does this really solve the offensive issues for the Vikes? They still can’t block and their QB is coming back to reality. Unless Shurmur can solve both of these issues, quickly, I don’t see a whole lot changing.
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    I, for one, think it will. I hope Pat see’s that all these 7 step drop backs don’t work with our 0-line. Then run up the middle, then punt. Every. Single. Time.

    Notice how when all the quick slants are thrown and the end of the game we actually move the ball? It’s because Bradford has time.

  41. “Norv” Turner is not only a horrible HC, but he’s vastly overrated as an OC. He got his rep in Dallas where a chimpanzee would’ve done well with a roster full of future HOFers. But generally speaking the offenses have gotten worse in each other city he’s gone to after he left the Cowboys.

    He stays in the coaching loop mainly because he’s an expert brown-noser and therefore popular in the old-boys network.

  42. The inside story on this will be interesting when it comes to light.

    The problem on that offense isn’t Bradford or the lack of Peterson, but the absolutely dismal performance of the offensive line. It is difficult to see how the resignation of Turner is going to improve that unit’s performance.

    While it’s true that Turner’s play calling could be predictable, it’s also true that the OL has been in need of significant upgrade since Zimmer was hired, and that upgrade hasn’t been a priority. The Vikings gambled that Kalil would regain his rookie form, and they lost. Hoping Andre Smith would perform well was a reach given his recent past. Brandon Fusco has been a huge disappointment, and it’s time the team found a replacement. TJ Clemmings may end up working out at guard, but he simply cannot be relied upon to pass block on the edge.

    That OL is a mess, and it’s not going to get cleaned up before the end of the season.

  43. There has been a lot of scapegoating his way by fans and from Zimmer.

    He’s been around too long and is too well-respected to have to put up with that.

    All those naysayers will now get a chance to see if their offense was truly untapped or performing at an above level…

  44. On the one hand is “Norv got away from what worked the first five games”. On the other is “Norv’s play calling was too predictable.”
    Both can’t be true.

  45. He was a genius after they beat the Packers; the last two weeks he’s become a moron.
    So it goes, especially in the Land O’Loons.

  46. You gotta love it when coordinators resign in midseason from teams with a good record. Yeah the offense stinks, but injuries have decimated the Vikes. I predict that this will spiral into a 9-7 finish for Minnesota with dreams about “what could have been”.

  47. viking fans are funny. When Zimmer first brought Norv in, all the comments were, “Zimm’s a genius! Who else would have the guts to bring in a former head coach! With Zimm’s defense and Norv’s offense, this team will be a dynasty!” Now they’re like, “Finally! We’ve been anxiously waiting for this for the past two years!”

  48. Maybe Aaron Rogers needs to tell Vikings fans to Relax?

    You guys have 9 more games to play. All 9 games will be different from each other. That’s how it actually works in real life. This week will have nothing to do with last week or the week before or the week after. I have no idea of any of the outcomes but I can guarantee there will be ups and downs. You can’t have one without the other so prepare yourselves accordingly for both.

  49. Next Man Up applies to coaches and players equally, but it still boils down to the talent on the field executing and doing their jobs.

    It’s possible they had different philosophies about implementation, but Zimmer is an offensive mind. You have to let people do their jobs, and he may have been interfering with Turner.

    He’s the HC. Let’s see what happens. The runners are already on-base. If the Vikings lose to Detroit (distinct possibility,) it will still be Norm’s fault.

  50. I respect a man who can walk away on good terms with himself. The rest of the wankers can take it up in the gossip columns. Norv is man . . . always has been.

  51. Confused to as why Packer fans are so happy about this and assume it’s a lost season for the Vikings…but then the cheesers aren’t the brightest. More confident now than ever we win the division. See ya in Houston!

  52. tjacks7 says:
    Nov 2, 2016 11:11 AM
    jwestlin says:

    Norv was a good offensive coach, that’s too bad.

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    Yea in the 1990s and early 2000s. He was a complete joke with the Vikings. If you go back and watch the games the Vikings offense has played well the last two years you’ll see that its when they’re pass first and use the pass to set up the run. They also are more west coast and get the ball into the hands of playmakers.
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    He was doing fine for 3-4 games when the QB had time to throw the ball. Maybe it’s because the Vikings Oline is awful, they have no RB, they only have 1 good WR who is similar to DeSean Jackson. Just a garbage team that was benefiting from a good defense for a few weeks.

  53. He probably got sick of the nonsense and didn’t need the money. For some reason this move by Norv makes me happy. Probably took an unreasonable amount of arse-chewing on account of Sam Bradford’s overrated a$$ and just walked out.

  54. it takes balls for Zimmer and Rick to make a move like that! the packers have spent 7 passive aggressive years trying to figure out how to get capers out of town! Zim is building a winner. if you can’t help the team, you gone!

  55. Note to Packer Fans:
    You will still be swept by the Vikings.

    Norv’s offenses never did well here. We don’t have the O line required fr the Air Coryell offense, with the 7 step drops and all. Shurmur will take what worked from Norvs stuff and build on that.

    At some point, the injuries were gonna start to catch up with the Vikes. This happens to all teams, EVEN THE PATRIOTS.

  56. nevyn49 says:

    Really enjoying these people blaming him for the state of an offense missing its running back, QB, both starting offensive tackles and another starting lineman.

    Especially when that offense wasn’t really good to start with.

    —-

    He is to blame. He’s the offensive coordinator…

    All good coaches adjust their schemes and play calling to the strengths of their teams. Norv has shown no desire or ability to consistently do that. AP getting hurt actually opened up the play book a little this year because Norv is ultra conservative when AP is on the field. He ran AP on first down almost 67% of the time last season!

    You can’t lose 2 starting tackles that weren’t very good to begin with, take sack after sack for weeks, and show no ability to modify the offense predicated on downfield passing… You deserve to be fired.

    Mix up play calling.. Pass on first down. Pass when they think you’re going to run… Run when they think you’re going to pass… Screens to RB, receivers, tight ends…

  57. Wasn’t Norv Turner the head coach of the Chargers when they lost to Denver with Tebow? I don’t think this is a big loss for the Vikings.

  58. The offense line is the issue…that falls on Tony Sporano. Hard to play call with the weak offensive line.

  59. He’s the HC. Let’s see what happens. The runners are already on-base. If the Vikings lose to Detroit (distinct possibility,) it will still be Norm’s fault.

    —-

    The offense isn’t going to change drastically in 4 days. Hopefully, they put in some stuff that we haven’t seen before over the offseason like they said they did with Shurmer and Sparano’s input. Time will tell, but it’ll be very hard to install a new offense mid season. Hopefully, they have plays suited to Shurmer’s offense which is better suited for the Vikings talent than Norv’s offense was.

  60. paul1990 says:

    The offense line is the issue…that falls on Tony Sporano. Hard to play call with the weak offensive line.

    Not really. Not many offensive line coaches are going to do a great job missing 3 starters. It’s up to the offensive coordinator to call plays to help the line. That means not relying heavily or 7 step drops and long developing plays. Get the ball into the hands of backs and receivers and let them run. Don’t have your QB stand in the pocket like a statue behind a leaky oline. Norv failed to adapt.

  61. He was doing fine for 3-4 games when the QB had time to throw the ball. Maybe it’s because the Vikings Oline is awful, they have no RB, they only have 1 good WR who is similar to DeSean Jackson. Just a garbage team that was benefiting from a good defense for a few weeks.

    Norv has been awful in about 75% of the games he’s called for the Vikings. The last 2 weeks, he reverted back to his old self. My guess is a lot of the play calling we saw earlier in the year is stuff Shurmer brought in. It definitely wasn’t stuff Norv had in his arsenal last year.

    The last two weeks Norv went back to conservative, run the ball on first 70% of the time… Fall behind… Rely on deep drops and long developing plays to get back in it… Get your QB killed.

    That is Norv’s bread and butter and his MO as OC of the Vikings. Norv could have helped the oline by getting rid of the predictable play calling and getting the ball out quick. He chose to do neither of those two things over the last 2 weeks, as he has chosen not to do for the last 2 years. Move is long overdue.

  62. Lots of talk about losing QB, RB etc but honestly, it’s not like they lost guys who had won superbowls with this team.

    Without them – they’ve actually performed better than they did when they had them.

    I don’t buy that excuse.

    Not like Shurmmur can just drop a new playbook in either, would take to long to learn on the fly, mid season.

    He’s going to be running Norm’s offense – just calling different parts of the playbook.

  63. allight59 says:
    Nov 2, 2016 11:27 AM
    Confused to as why Packer fans are so happy about this and assume it’s a lost season for the Vikings…but then the cheesers aren’t the brightest. More confident now than ever we win the division. See ya in Houston!

    You’re either delusional or in complete denial. More confident now than ever, huh? What in the last 2 games, with no signs of improving, would give you “more confidence” that this team will still win the division? It’s not like your offense is starting to click, and your defensive secondary will be getting healthier over the next couple of weeks. That would be your neighbors to the east.

  64. tjacks7, who are the “playmakers” and “talent” that Norv Turner wasn’t utilizing properly? Other than Diggs, everyone else on the roster seems pretty ordinary.

  65. josephec says:
    Nov 2, 2016 11:34 AM
    Note to Packer Fans:
    You will still be swept by the Vikings.

    Norv’s offenses never did well here. We don’t have the O line required fr the Air Coryell offense, with the 7 step drops and all. Shurmur will take what worked from Norvs stuff and build on that.

    At some point, the injuries were gonna start to catch up with the Vikes. This happens to all teams, EVEN THE PATRIOTS.

    So now injuries are an acceptable excuse, when it happens to your team. When the Packers played without their top 2 RB’s, 2 WR’s, starting TE, and 3 of their top CB’s, the only thing I heard was “injuries happen to every team, it’s no excuse.” It’s okay to get worked by the Eagles and cellar dweller Bears because of injuries; however, when the Packers beat that same Bears team, and lose by 1 point at Atlanta, the highest scoring offense in the NFL, injuries shouldn’t play a factor. Got it.

  66. Norv got the genius label calling plays for the
    1990 Cowboys with multiple hall of famers and maybe the best o-line of all time….very average coach who fell into a great situation….the Michael Anthony of football( Van Halen reference)

  67. Sounds like a panic move to me, a move that you make when you don’t have any real options.

    Fact of the matter is that a franchise can’t go 55 straight years of never winning a championship without pulling bone-headed moves from time to time and this falls into that categorization.

  68. The people thinking this is based on the last few games clearly haven’t been watching. They had all of their pieces last year, and it wasn’t anything to write home about either. You can credit him for developing Bridgewater, which is definitely important, but there is little else to praise him for. This goes back to his offensive philosophy. It takes Hall of Fame personnel like Dallas had to be great. The only other times he developed an offense from scratch to be that was in Washington for those couple of years before he got fired, and that took years. He’s just had an overrated career. It’s something I’d point out with Bridgewater’s numbers in his offense. Has anyone ever taken a look at Aikman’s in his offense? They were pretty similar, but no one noticed because it generated huge plays all of the time due to the Hall of fame receiver, RB, All Pro offensive line, and Hall of Very Good TE and secondary receiver. That kind of helped. Schottenheimer and his staff developed that offense that Rivers was using before he got there and he just took it over. Cleveland is doing 10 times more with 50 times worse personnel.

  69. jchipwood says:
    Nov 2, 2016 11:14 AM
    They need to hire a patriots fan for the new OC. Apparently they know everything about football.
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    Sure chippy, I see Miami fans are sitting this one out. Like most of their home games. At least most realize they have no clue about the game and how it feels to root for the greatest dynasty of the century.

  70. Not a Vikings fan or hater, just a neutral observer but not sure how the team’s offensive woes are Norv’s fault – he has no functional o-line, so no running game (Vikings have one of the league’s worst running stats), and the offense is therefore one-dimensional. When Bradford (who is not very good) has time to throw, he connects with Diggs or Rudolf. But he can’t throw on his back. AP was a “terrible” RB statistically because of the oline.

    It’s not Norv’s fault that Bradord got sacked 5 times by the bears.

    Look at teams with crappy olines and you find crappy offenses (like my beloved Giants). Look at teams with great olines and, no surprise, you have a great team (my hated Dallas).

  71. “Your Big Brothers to the East, who happen to have 13 world titles.”

    The only titles that matter are Super Bowl titles. The other 9 are nice, but there was only like 10 other teams playing pro ball at the time, with the word “champion” going to the team with the best record. Not actually playing a championship game. Hardly “world champion” worthy.

  72. Cleveland is doing 10 times more with 50 times worse personnel.

    ———————————–

    Cleveland is averaging 0.1 points less per game than the Vikings.

  73. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Nov 2, 2016 11:31 AM
    it takes balls for Zimmer and Rick to make a move like that! the packers have spent 7 passive aggressive years trying to figure out how to get capers out of town! Zim is building a winner. if you can’t help the team, you gone!

    Well it was Capers defense, as well as Arodg’s spectacular play, that won the Pack a Super Bowl back in 2010. Saying it takes “balls” to make a move like this is a bit dramatic. You would never see the Pats, or Steelers, or Packers make a coaching move like this midseason. Those mentioned teams have stability and continuity. What the Vikes have right now is a team desperate for offense and making this move screams of panic.

  74. So they lose a game to a good Eagles team, which probably had extra knowledge of Bradford’s game.

    They then get owned in EVERY facet of the game on MNF, now the Vikings come unglued.

    If this is healthy related best of luck Turner, but if it isn’t it shows that the Vikings are lacking composure and acting like a Jags, Browns, or Bills team, instead of a 5-2 team with the division lead.

  75. 2014 – 20th in PPG, 27th in total YPG, 28th in Pass YPG, 14th in Rush YPG, 26th in TOP

    2015 – 16th in PPG, 29th in total YPG, 31st in Pass YPG, 4th in Rush YPG (yay!), 17th in TOP

    2016 – 24th in PPG, 31st in total YPG, 28th in Pass YPG, 30th in Rush YPG, 15th in TOP

    “Offensive genius?” “Offensive guru?” “QB guru?” Doh-kay! And fellow Vikes fans – don’t give me the “injury” excuse – you were the same clowns when we were 5 – 0 saying “In Zim we trust! Next man up!” This guy has been vastly overrated his whole career. Give me the Dallas OL of the 1990s with those skill players, and I can sleep the whole game and be one of the best OC in the game.

  76. This is actually a good thing for the Vikings, For the last 3 years the offence has been so predictable, you cant have a running game when the Defense knows it is Run on 1st and 10, also why no Screens? and why 7 step drops??
    or ANY down with 3 yards or under! The Vikings are going to need 3 Drafts with Spielman Drafting Offensive Linemen
    Turner needed to go, he did nothing the whole time he was here. Time passed him by!
    The Vikings need to go to the College level for a young mind and stop hiring these guys that WERE good at one time.

  77. whiteybulgersson says:
    Nov 2, 2016 12:05 PM
    Mike Zimmer is a baby. After his rant I said they would go 5-11 and they are on target for that. Terrible coach.

    ))))))))))))
    What a dolt. They aren’t going to win another game this year? Okay buddy ” they are on target”. Take your meds.

  78. Any offensive problems were not Turner’s fault. It is a personnel issue, and there are no starting caliber offensive linemen available. That being the case, there needs to be a change in blocking schemes. If anyone is to blame, it is Sporano, as he is the o line coach.
    I too hope Coach Turner is not having health issues.
    I do wish him the best.
    SKOL Vikings!

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