Former Vikings OC Norv Turner tells Ian Rapoport that he felt like he was holding the team back before he ultimately decided to resign from his position earlier in the week.
“Sometimes, you feel like you might be holding them back,” Turner said, “holding them back from things all getting on the same page. I don’t want anyone to think I was bailing. It just wasn’t working.“
Since it came out of nowhere, some wondered if this could be healthy related or if he planned to retire from coaching. However, Turner said that he’s healthy and still unsure about his future as a football coach.
“It’s something people may not understand,” Turner explained. “It’s not me against somebody else. The situation was such … I don’t think I could get done the things we needed to get done. It wasn’t something you just wake up and decide. It’s been building. It wasn’t going to work with me. So let me get out of the way and let them have a chance to make it work.”
In regards to pursuing another coaching job, Turner said he plans to wait until next year before deciding anything.
“I haven’t made a decision,” Turner said. “(My wife) Nancy and I say, ‘Let’s get to January and see where we are. That’s been the case the last two to three years. But this has been a challenge for my wife. Cleveland, then Minnesota … and we have a house five minutes from the ocean (in California) … At 64 years old, if you continue, it would need to be a right place and with the right people.”
The Vikings promoted Pat Shurmur to offensive coordinator earlier in the week.
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.