Minnesota Vikings: 5 Reasons Why Norv Turner is a Good Hire
5 Reasons Why Norv Turner is a Good Choice at OC for the Vikings
After an extremely frustrating five-win season, it was clearly time for the Minnesota Vikings to make some changes. The team's makeover officially got underway with the hiring of Mike Zimmer and now it looks like the second piece of the renovation plan is in place as well. Norv Turner is reportedly the new offensive coordinator for the Vikings, which will add many years of coaching experience to an already experienced staff.
Turner has made his rounds over the years. His coaching career started way back in 1975 at the University of Oregon, where he also played quarterback. From there, Turner would go on to join the NFL in 1985. He served as the wide receivers coach for the LA Rams until 1991 when he accepted the OC position with the Dallas Cowboys.
Turner made his name in Dallas, as he ran the offense that won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993. After his success there, he accepted his first head coaching position with the Washington Redskins. Since then, Turner also also been the head coach for the Raiders and Chargers. In between his head coaching stints, he's served as the OC for the 49ers, Dolphins and Browns. Now, he's a member of the Vikings and he'll be tasked with improving a unit that's lacked consistency through the air over the past few seasons.
There aren't many coaches more qualified for this job than Turner. He's proven himself as a good offensive mind and if there's anyone who can solve the imbalance problems in Minnesota, it's him. Here are five reasons why he was the man for the job:
Head Coaching Experience
With Zimmer just breaking in to the head coaching game, it's a great thing that Turner has so many years of experience under his belt. It's not that Zimmer can't do it alone, but having a guy like Turner around will only help him.
Vast Offensive Coaching Background
Turner has coached it all on offense during his near 40-year career. He's worked in many systems with many different types of players. For the most part, his teams are successful on the offensive side of the ball.
Experience With Big Stars
Ironically, Turner coached a couple of the guys that Adrian Peterson is chasing in the record books. Emmitt Smith, LaDainian Tomlinson and many others have enjoyed lots of success with Turner running the show.
He Knows How To Maximize Player Contributions
Look for players like Kyle Rudolph and Cordarrelle Patterson to really grow under Turner. He's been around the block and he knows how to get the most out of players and how to make them successful in his system.
He's Been to the Top
The one thing that's always eluded the Vikings? A championship. Don't overlook the fact that Turner has two Super Bowl rings on his resume. Sure, it was 20 years ago, but it doesn't change the fact that he knows what it takes to make it to the top as an OC. If the Vikings had hired him to be the head coach, it would be a different story. But the OC role is clearly Turner's niche.