The Minnesota Vikings are in a state of shock after Norv Turner resigned his position as offensive coordinator. Can the Vikings handle another hurdle?
Injury after injury can take a toll on a team’s psyche, and it effects coaches as well.
It is almost unheard of, an assistant coach quitting a team that is leading their division. As a life-long fan of the Vikes, I guess nothing should surprise me at this point. However, the start to 2016 feels almost unbelievable.
Here is a brief list of the Minnesota Vikings changes on offense:
- Teddy Bridgewater suffers a possible career ending injury
- Sam Bradford is brought in from Philadelphia
- Adrian Peterson is placed on IR
- Matt Kalil is placed on IR
- Mike Harris is placed on IR
- Andre Smith signs as a FA, then placed on IR
- John Sullivan is waived
- Alex Boone is signed as a FA
- Pat Shurmur is brought in as the tight ends coach
- Tony Sparano is brought in as the offensive line coach
People say that change is inevitable, but damn, 90% of the offense is different. The writing was on the wall for Norv. Coach Zim and Turner have definitely had some differences in philosophy since teaming up, Shurmur and Sparano were brought in for a reason.
No matter how the Minnesota Vikings finished the year, Norv Turner may have been out. Zimmer has never publicly criticized Norv, but we all heard the rumblings coming out of Winter Park. Player’s can tell when a coach is not totally invested in the system, and it showed at times.
Judging by the reaction on social media, most Viking’ fans are not that disappointed with Turner’s departure. We cannot blame Norv for all of the Vikings offensive struggles under his watch, but a change was needed.
Shurmur and Sam Bradford have a long history together. The Viking’ offense will get better. Will we put up 40 points per game every week, no, but I doubt we will see Bradford take those 7 step drop backs either.
Quick screens and shorter drop backs will occur until we can establish solid offensive line play. Look for the Vikings predictability to go away as well. Run, run, pass then punt was not working. Detroit will get a dose of what this offense can do under the right play caller.
The NFC North leading Minnesota Vikings still have a lot of football in front of them. Look for an immediate improvement versus the Lions this Sunday.