Norv Turner Just Resigned As Offensive Coordinator Of The Vikings Without Any Real Explanation
NFL- Shurmur will take over as offensive coordinator, according to the team. Scott Turner, Norv's son, will remain as the Vikings' quarterback coach, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.
Turner issued a statement through the team following his resignation:
"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 think the Wilf family for my time here in Minnesota and want to see our players and coaches achieve success."
DISCLAIMER- If it turns out this is related to his health or the health of someone in his immediate family then I take the following back, but - as of now - there's nothing that points to that being the case.
I think my view on this decision is totally dependent on Norv Turner's unknown plans for the future. If he's trying to parlay a mid-season resignation into a new coaching gig then I'm a little confused by a strategy that undoubtedly has everyone in the sport questioning his loyalty, but if this season was his swan song then I think this is actually good for his legacy. Don't get me wrong, if this is the end then he'll go down as a huge dickhead that abandoned ship as soon as it went from sailing the highest of seas to sinking to the bottom of the ocean in a fashion that would make the fall of the Titanic seem gradual.
However, he'll still go down as an offensive wizard. Let's face it, all Norv Turner has going for him is his stellar reputation as a coordinator. So much so that his mediocre tenure as a Head Coach goes largely unspoken. All he has is an innate ability to score when his team has the ball and his word, and one of them had to be sacrificed to save the other. If he's swimming into the sunset then he's doing so as one of the best at his craft. A ridiculously selfish quitter, but a ridiculously selfish quitter that knew how to get the most out of his unit.
I guess that's better than being held personally responsible for an offense with a brittle quarterback, a group of running backs so hobbled that the entire stable should be sent to the glue factory, and an offensive line that couldn't block him from driving off the premises for the final time. Good people don't get remembered, great coaches do. Even the ones that tip toe out the back door when impending doom comes a knockin'.
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