December 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner speaks during the post game press conference after a win against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Zimmer will soon begin the task of filling out his staff in Minnesota, and already a big name offensive mind is rumored to be on the list of candidates to take over the offensive coordinator position. Adam Schefter and other insiders report that current Browns OC Norv Turner is being considered to succeed Bill Musgrave on the Vikings.
Turner is under contract in Cleveland for three more years but after the recent upheaval in the Browns organization, Turner is being given the freedom to seek employment elsewhere.
We all know about Norv Turner’s legendary flops as a head coach. We also know that Turner is one of the most respected offensive minds in all the NFL. A Zimmer-Turner teaming in Minnesota might look like a dream scenario for fans seeking to recover from the ill-fated Leslie Frazier-Bill Musgrave duo.
Of course Turner, or whoever is hired as OC in Minnesota, will immediately be saddled with a rather large problem: the lack of a franchise quarterback. The Vikings will likely seek to rectify that problem on draft day, but the way things sit now, getting one of the big-name guys at the top of the draft might be impossible without a trade.
Turner is the biggest name reportedly being considered by the Vikings but he’s not the only one. Former Lions and Vikings OC Scott Linehan has also been mentioned in rumors.