Another Turner bites the dust.
A little more than three months after his father Norv stepped down from the Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator position, reports are coming out that the team has parted ways with Quarterbacks Coach Scott Turner. It appears that the Sporting News was first with the report; here’s the tweet from Alex Marvez:
The report been confirmed by a couple of local beat writers as well.
The move isn’t incredibly surprising since the Turner father/son duo has been a package deal in the NFL since 2013. Scott took over as wide receivers coach in Cleveland while Norv was Offensive Coordinator for the Browns. The following season when Mike Zimmer was hired in Minnesota, both Turners joined the Vikings as well—Norv at his usual coordinator position while Scott took over the quarterbacks.
Once Norv abruptly stepped down midway through the season, many speculated whether Scott would stick around for the remainder of the season. He did, but it appears that it was only through the end of the year.
With the team apparently ready to remove the interim label from Pat Shurmur’s Offensive Coordinator title, perhaps Shurmur has someone in mind that he would like to appoint for the position. His QBs coach in St. Louis was Dick Curl (stop giggling), who hasn’t coached since the 2010 season. In the three years Shurmur was the OC in Philadelphia, his quarterback coaches were Bill Lazor (currently the Quarterbacks Coach for the Bengals), Bill Musgrave (sounds familiar for some reason), and Ryan Day (who just took over as Quarterbacks Coach at some small college called Ohio State).
The “Turner package deal” and “Shurmur wants his guy” explanations seem to make the most sense. If Turner was fired based strictly on his performance, it was probably an error in judgement by the team. Scott seemed to work well with Teddy Bridgewater during the first two years of his career and helped Sam Bradford become one of the lone bright spots on an offense that was mostly a disaster.
It will be interesting to see where Scott Turner lands next. Just about anything would appear to be on the table—pro or college, with his father or without. Either way, one would assume that Scott won’t be unemployed for long based on his success in Minnesota under conditions that were often less than ideal.