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
It’s only the second day of minicamp, but it’s already clear that Norv Turner is changing things big-time in Minnesota. The players are already feeling the difference between Norv and his predecessor Bill Musgrave.
It’s all about the complexity.
Musgrave infamously could fit his entire offense onto one laminated sheet smaller than the average fast food menu. That is not the case with Norv Turner.
Norv’s new complicated multi-page offense is going to take some getting used to for players who last year had only to digest Musgrave’s simplified scheme.
Greg Jennings spoke to the media from the second day of minicamp about the complexities of the Norv approach, and the veteran receiver seemed a little bit overwhelmed.
“My head is spinning,” Jennings said via the Star Trib. “Even though the offense is coming and it’s starting to sink in. Just with all the different change-ups we can present to the defense, the different looks, the different formations we can run the same play, the different variations that comes within the same play. Your head is spinning at all times until you have it down.”
Jennings said that “just one play” in the Norv scheme is as complicated as the entire Vikings offense from last year.
That may be a slight exaggeration – Jennings admitted when he said it that he was being a little sarcastic – but even allowing for a tiny bit of hyperbole, it’s clear that Norv’s approach is much more complex than Musgrave’s.
The Vikings’ offensive players are going to have a lot to digest this offseason. Hopefully they can learn the offense, learn to execute Norv’s plays with confidence, and give defenses around the league some trouble once the real games come around.