In a move to most assuredly allow the soon to be named offensive coordinator to choose their own underlings, the Vikings have fired Scott Turner. Turner worked as quarterback’s coach under his father and former Vikings’ offensive coordinator, Norv Turner, and was apparently instrumental in the developmental process of Teddy Bridgewater.
It has been widely rumored that the Vikings plan on removing the interim tag from Pat Shurmur and making him the team’s new offensive coordinator. Though nothing is official, ESPN Staff Writer, Ben Goessling wrote the Vikings plan for Shurmur to take over as offensive coordinator.
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The move to fire Turner is not surprising as most coordinators try to bring in staff that are familiar with their system and give them the best chance to succeed. With Sam Bradford having a career-year, the Vikings still thought it best to part ways with the coach.
It is yet unclear if any other changes will be made; Mike Zimmer tends to be quick when making changes. Last season he brought in two former head coaches to help the offense. It worked to a small extent in the passing game, yet the running game faltered and was the NFL’s worst attack.
Whoever will be in charge of making the offense better in 2017 has quite the chore in front of them. The task is not befallen to just the quarterback’s coach but to all other coaches involved. Either way, the Vikings have plenty of work to do and fans hope this year’s moves produce more fruit than this dried up year did.