Oct 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) catches a pass and Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett (42) tackles him in the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Packers win 44-31. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Viking players have universally endorsed the Mike Zimmer hire – most of the endorsements don’t even seem coerced – leading to a veritable orgy of happiness among players, the fanbase and I’m guessing Viking management. That’s what I call a true home run hire.
And the home run will only become a greater home run, at least from a fan point-of-view, if the Vikings follow up the Zimmer hire by getting Norv Turner as offensive coordinator.
At least one Viking player has already gone on record as being in support of Turner. Kyle Rudolph spoke to KFAN’s Tenna B this morning and offered his perspective on Norv with the Vikings.
“If he is the guy, I think that would be awesome for the personnel we have here in Minnesota,” Rudolph said.
The response seemed a tiny bit canned, but I still think there is probably some sincere excitement among Viking players at the prospect of Norv coming in. Turner has a proven track record as an offensive mind.
A guy like Rudolph, who didn’t always get consistent targets under Bill Musgrave, is probably extra-excited at the prospect of Norv, who has always been known as a tight end-friendly coach. Turner’s scheme did great things for Jordan Cameron last year in Cleveland and similar production could be in the offing for Rudolph.
If, you know, the Vikings can find someone capable of getting him the ball. Always that caveat.