This offseason, the Vikings have brought in Norv Turner to be their new offensive coordinator. Minnesota is hoping that Turner can improve their quarterback situation by leaps and bounds following several disappointing years at that position.
One former Vikings quarterback, Brad Johnson, has nothing but positive things to say about Turner. In fact, Johnson spoke with the Star-Tribune about Turner’s ability to help quarterbacks develop in the NFL.
“He’s one of my all-time favorites,” Johnson said. “He had an unbelievable feel for the game. More important than that, he had a great feel for people — who they were and how they functioned. He could find the strengths of each player. If there were certain throws I was good at, that’s what we did. If there were certain plays or reads I wasn’t good at, we discarded them. Washington, that year, had a great running game with Stephen Davis, so Norv built our offense off the play-action throw. He can work with anybody.It’s kind of like ‘The Horse Whisperer.’ Norv is the quarterback whisperer. There isn’t a play he hasn’t seen or a throw he hasn’t seen. He’s had great success and his systems carry over from one player to the next.”
The Vikings have a pretty dire situation at quarterback this coming season. Currently, Minnesota has only Christian Ponder on their roster to act as a signal caller. They will look at add a quarterback during free agency and during the draft. Whoever ends up the starting QB in Minnesota will have a great coach to work with them in Norv Turner.