We still don’t know the complete details behind Norv Turner’s decision to resign as the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator, but we do have a little clearer picture at least in the hours since Wednesday’s shocker.
Turner said it was the “hardest decision” he’s ever made. He was also resolved that it had to be done in order to make the Vikings offense work like it needs to work for them to get through the rest of the season and live up to the kind of expectations they set with the Sam Bradford trade and a 5-0 start.
“We didn’t block anybody,” Zimmer said. “We were soft. We got overpowered.”
Yet Zimmer said he was “very, very surprised” when Turner decided to resign.
“He’s been my right-hand man since I’ve been here,” Zimmer said.
The offensive line in particular has been a problem. Quarterback Sam Bradford has 1,442 passing yards, eight touchdowns, and one interception. Bradford has been sacked 19 times over seven games this season, and he has fumbled the ball five times.
Shurmur has experience with Bradford, having served as his offensive coordinator in 2010 with the St. Louis Rams. Shurmur was Bradford’s offensive coordinator last season with the Philadelphia Eagles, too, and then stepped in as interim head coach when Chip Kelly was fired.
Turner began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with Oregon and was in his 32nd season as a coach in the NFL. He stepped into his first offensive coordinator role with the Dallas Cowboys in 1991, and has had stints as the head coach in Washington, with the Oakland Raiders, and the San Diego Chargers.