Skip to main content

Norv Turner steps down as Vikings offensive coordinator

Minnesota's offense has been one of the worst in the NFL, but nobody saw this stunning announcement coming.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has resigned, the Vikings announced today. ESPN's Adam Schefter called it a "stunner."

Pat Shurmer is taking over as the interim offensive coordinator. Shurmer was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia from 2013-2015 and spent time working there with current Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford. He was also Bradford's offensive coordinator when Bradford was named Rookie of the Year in 2010 with the St. Louis Rams.

The Eagles had excellent offensive seasons under Shurmer, ranking second in total offense in 2013, fifth in 2014 and 12th in 2015.

Before replacing Turner, Shurmer was the Vikings' tight ends coach.

Minnesota's offense has been one of the worst in the NFL this season, with noticeable struggles in pass protection and the running game. We did a story on Tuesday about Minnesota's "undeniably pathetic" rushing attack, which ranks 31st in the NFL and dead last in yards per carry (2.7).

  • Passing offense - 28th
  • Scoring offense - 25th
  • Total offense - 31st
  • First downs - 32nd
  • Rushing yards - 31st
  • Yards per play - 31st

In addition, Bradford has been sacked 19 times this season, including 11 times in the last two weeks.

The Monday Morning Quarterback's Peter King said Turner is simply the "fall guy" for a bad offense.

.@SI_PeterKing's thoughts on Norv Turner's resignation and the #Vikings offense. pic.twitter.com/U4SFUAPteu

— The MMQB (@theMMQB) November 2, 2016

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

Turner's son, Scott Turner, is still Minnesota's quarterbacks coach.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer will address the media at 11 a.m.

Next Up

hibachi daruma

Popular hibachi food truck opens second Twin Cities restaurant

The much-anticipated Daruma opens for takeout Thursday evening.

20211128_Vikings_49ers_REG12_0144 (1)

What changes are coming to the Vikings' offensive line?

Once again, Minnesota has work to do to figure out its interior spots

Kris Ehresmann

One of Minnesota's key COVID-19 leaders is retiring

Kris Ehresmann has given more than 30 years of her life to public health in Minnesota.

summit beach park orono

Plan to develop Orono park on hold after Daytons object

The Dayton family donated the land to the city for the park in the 1970s.

covid nurse doctor hospital wikimedia commons

Child from Twin Cities, school staff member die from COVID

Both deaths were reported by the Minnesota Department of Health Thursday.

snow

3 clippers will deliver snow to Minnesota through Tuesday

Clippers move through Friday night, Saturday night and again Monday.

Screen Shot 2022-01-20 at 10.45.51 AM

Video: Inebriated Sheriff Dave Hutchinson after high-speed crash

Hutchinson was unaware of his location and repeatedly said he wasn't driving.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, January 20

A Mayo Clinic data scientists believes omicron may have already peaked in parts of Minnesota, though that reality won't show up in the reported cases until at least next week.

hospital, emergency room

2 dead, 1 critical after being found unconscious in garage

The men were believed to have been drinking together and possibly using drugs.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

2 teens suspected in 20 robberies arrested after police chase

They are suspects in 23 cases in three Twin Cities counties.

Dave Hutchinson

Hennepin Co. Sheriff was driving 125 mph before DWI crash, files reveal

Taken together, the files provide a clearer picture of what exactly happened the morning of Dec. 8.

Pixabay - casino slot machines

Canadian man pleads guilty to sexually abusing children at MN casino

Brady John Hillis, 32, pleaded guilty two counts of abusive sexual contact with a child under 12.

Related

Norv Turner steps down as Vikings offensive coordinator

Minnesota's offense has been one of the worst in the NFL, but nobody saw this stunning announcement coming.

Norv Turner says 'it just wasn't working'

Norv Turner left the Vikings because of "different views on where the offense was going."

Norv Turner says 'it just wasn't working'

Norv Turner left the Vikings because of "different views on where the offense was going."

Former Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner: 'I'm open to continue coaching'

Norv Turner, former Vikings offensive coordinator, tells SiriusXM he may not be done coaching.

Former Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner: 'I'm open to continue coaching'

Norv Turner, former Vikings offensive coordinator, tells SiriusXM he may not be done coaching.

Gary Kubiak

Report: Vikings' offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak might retire

Kubiak is the fifth offensive coordinator to work under head coach Mike Zimmer in Minnesota.