Norv Turner released the following statement regarding his decision to step down as offensive coordinator on Wednesday.
“I have tremendous respect for Mike Zimmer, our coaching staff, and our players and at this time I think it is in the best interest of the team to step down. I thank the Wilf family for my time here in Minnesota and want to see our players and coaches achieve success.”
The Minnesota Vikings have already confirmed that Norv Turner has resigned as the team’s offensive coordinator and Pat Shurmur has been promoted to interim offensive coordinator.
Norv Turner has resigned as the #Vikings offensive coordinator.
Pat Shurmur will serve as the interim. pic.twitter.com/T8if6EidMt
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) November 2, 2016
Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Vikings OC Norv Turner has shockingly resigned from his position with the team.
- Ian Rapoport confirms the reports and adds that Pat Shurmur will be promoted to interim offensive coordinator.
- According to Adam Caplan, rumors had been circulating that Turner could retire after the season.
This comes as a huge surprise, considering that we’re at the halfway point of the season. It’s rare to see an NFL coach resign during the season but there’s always the possibility that team was ready to make a change and ultimately decided to give him the opportunity to resign.
Turner, 64, was hired by the Vikings to run their offense back in 2014 and he’s spent the past two and half years in Minnesota. The Vikings currently rank No. 31 in yards per game, No. 28 in points passing yards per game, No. 31 in rushing yards per game and No. 23 in points per game this season.