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
Norv Turner hasn’t even been formally introduced as the Vikings new offensive coordinator, but there is quite a bit of excitement surrounding his role with the team. Turner is known as a pass-happy coach, but has still found a lot of success with star running backs in the NFL. And this news has Vikings players excited, especially Adrian Peterson.
"Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) talks on the sidelines during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports“I’ll tell you, our pass offense has really struggled in the past couple years,” Adrian Peterson told USA TODAY Sports. “I think he is going to be the perfect guy to come in and get us on the right path. He’s a brilliant mind, obviously. I’m still sitting back and seeing whatever moves we make as far as coaches and players.”"
Turner has a history of leading the league in statistical categories. He helped the Browns lead the league in passing attemps and during his time with the Chargers, they were #1 in net yards per pass attempt. Minnesota could see a major shift in the focus of their offense, and that may actually be better for Adrian Peterson. Pulling defenders out of the box could make things easier for the star running back.
Not only that, but the Vikings haven’t ranked better than 23rd in passing yards since 2009, when Brett Favre led the Vikings to the playoffs. Since then, we’ve seen Donovan McNabb, Christian Ponder, Joe Webb, Matt Cassel, and Josh Freeman stink up the quarterback position. Hopefully Turner can help the Minnesota Vikings find stability and success through the air.