In an NFL shocker, Minnesota Vikings OC Norv Turner has resigned his position effective Tuesday. This NFL season is getting stranger by the day.
Whew, just when I thought the Minnesota Vikings season couldn’t get any worse, Norv Turner will resign as the Vikes OC.
The circumstances involving his resignation are still a mystery, Pat Shurmur will now be taking over for a struggling Vikings’ offense.
The same situation has occurred this season for a handful of NFL clubs, but not one leading their division.
Did Zimmer’s feisty temper play any role in pushing Turner out? The Viking’ offense is ranked last in the NFL. With all of the injuries, losing a starting QB, and both starting tackles can do that to a team.
Norv was in the twilight of his career, the pressure just may not have been worth it to the 64- year old. Turner has been criticized for the Vikings’ offensive woes over the last few seasons. Norv released the following statement.
"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. I thank the Wilf family for my time here in Minnesota and want to see our players and coaches achieve success."
Was the writing on the wall this preseason when both Pat Shurmur and Tony Sparano were brought in as assistant coaches. Both are experienced offensive minds, with head coaching experience. Zimmer may have been sending a message.
Nobody knows Sam Bradford better than Shurmur. It would make sense that Pat would take over as the OC. Shurmur has worked with Bradford extensively throughout his career. Shurmur worked for the Rams when Bradford was drafted, and again when Sam was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Perhaps this will act as the spark that gets the Minnesota Vikings rolling again.
Another possibly awkward situation is Scott Turner’s position on the Vikings’ staff. Will he stay put, or move on as well. Scott Turner is currently the Vikings quarterbacks coach. He was instrumental in getting Bradford caught up quickly upon his arrival from Philly.
There is never a dull moment in the abbreviated NFL season. This action only shows how much Mike Zimmer wants to win, this season. The ill-tempered Zimmer isn’t big on excepting excuses, no matter how frail the offense is after injuries.