MINNEAPOLIS – With one of the worst offenses in pro football, Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has resigned, effective immediately.
In a statement today, Turner said “I have tremendous respect for Mike Zimmer,” the team’s head coach, “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.”
“I was very, very surprised, ” Zimmer said, when Norv Turner informed him of his resignation. “I do think that we’ve hit a rough spot in the season and we need to get back on track.”
Pat Shurmur will serve as the interim offensive coordinator.
The Viking (5-2) couldn’t get much going against the Bears Monday night, nor against the Eagles the week before, losing both games. They have one of the worst offenses in the NFL. ESPN reports that the Vikings are second-worst in the league in total offense and in yards per game, at 293.3. Injuries to Adrian Peterson and other key offensive personnel could be to blame, analysts say.
Minnesota will play Detroit Sunday in US Bank Stadium.
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