NFL Rumors: Norv Turner Resigns From Minnesota Vikings, Surprises Mike Zimmer

Jack Windham - Author

Nov. 2 2016, Updated 9:51 p.m. ET

A shocking thing has happened with a team that was considered a Super Bowl favorite earlier in the season. Their offensive coordinator has abruptly resigned from his position. Norv Turner has decided that the Minnesota Vikings would be better without him, as reported by ESPN.

When an NFL team is sitting on a 5-2 record, not too many people expect there to be a lot of turmoil. Even fewer would expect that an offensive coordinator would be leaving his post. For whatever reasons, the Minnesota Vikings have decided to panic after losing two games in a row despite winning the previous five games to start the regular season.

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Norv Turner has been in the NFL for years, so he is no stranger to knowing what to say. When he informed the press that he was stepping down from his post, he said all of the right things. Turner stated that he wanted the Minnesota Vikings to be in a position to win, and he no longer felt that he was the right person to make that happen.

An interesting tidbit from Norv Turner, though, was revealed when he stated that he and Mike Zimmer had a difference of opinions when it came to the direction in which they each wanted the offense to head.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer took the high road when questioned by the media. He stated that he was “very, very surprised” that Norv Turner was resigning. Zimmer also noted that he and Turner were very good friends. The relationship between the two coaches has been very well documented, so many are aware that they are close.

There have been talks over the past couple of years that Mike Zimmer was hoping that Norv Turner would run an offensive system for the Minnesota Vikings that would be closer to the scheme that Hue Jackson ran when he was the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals.


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