Jun 17, 2014; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner speaks with quarterback Matt Cassel (16) during practice at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Norv Turner on Vikings QBs: ‘We Have a Great Group’


In an appearance on KFAN Monday morning, Vikings OC Norv Turner was asked to give his assessment of the team’s three-man quarterback corps (all of whom are currently engaged in open competition for the starting job, as we well know).

In true tight-lipped Norv Turner fashion, the guru offered up a completely generic and useless summary of the situation as it stands in early July.

What exactly Christian Ponder is making progress toward is anyone’s guess. And how anyone could make any real progress toward anything substantial in the tiny number of reps Ponder got in OTAs and minicamp is also a question someone else will have to answer.

File Norv’s remarks under the heading: “Not Rocking the Boat in July.” The Vikings are sticking to the script when it comes to their QBs. They won’t name a starter even though internally they have already decided that Cassel is the starter.

They won’t say anything that might be perceived as negative about Ponder because they still harbor vague hopes of trading Ponder for a draft pick at some point.

They will keep serving up positive news about Teddy Bridgewater because the fans really like hearing positive news about Teddy Bridgewater.

Norv has been a head coach and knows how this all works. He doesn’t even need the PR memos.

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  • truthbetold

    No they don’t have a great group. they have a promising rookie, and then nothing else. Matt Cassel is just a stopgap, and one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Christian Ponder is Christian Ponder. no need to elaborate further. Teddy can’t get ready fast enough.

    • Dmi Dru

      Man u crazy Teddy Bridgewater will be great dnt hate on him

      • truthbetold

        Read my damn comment man. I said a PROMISING rookie. As in I think he will be good too.

        • Dmi Dru

          CALM DOWN COWBOY MY BAD

  • Daniel Laxen

    And to think there are still people that believe in the race to start at QB on here…Names withheld to protect the idiotic…I still believe that Teddy may start for this team day 1…Then again that early schedule is murder…I’m holding out hope this team will be better sooner rather than later this season. Get a win early to hang their hat on and who knows. A victory over the Patriots would be just what the Dr. ordered…

  • Cool Jack

    Rich Gannon,Curt Warner,…even Jim Plunket, the list goes on and on of QB’s that got into a new system and became great….You hater’s will change your toon again …fickle with no loyalty…This new coaching staff will create a great team and QB…I thinkTurner would know that better than you and for sure better than this writer…!