The Minnesota Vikings will have a new offensive coordinator after Norv Turner resigned, the team announced on Wednesday.
The Vikings released a statement saying that Pat Shurmur will take over on an interim basis.
Turner was in his 32nd season as an NFL coach and 42nd season overall of coaching football. He started as a graduate assistant at Oregon, taking his first NFL job in 1985 and becoming offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys in 1991-93 before becoming a head coach at the Washington Redskins in 1994. He was also the head coach of the Oakland Raiders from 2004-05 and San Diego Chargers from 2007-12. His offensive coordinator jobs included USC, the Chargers, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns.
“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,” Turner said in a statement release through the team. “I thank the Wilf family for my time here in Minnesota and want to see our players and coaches achieve success.”
Shurmur was brought to the Vikings this offseason to offer insight on other elements of the offense and there appeared to be increasing tension with Turner in recent weeks as the offense continued to struggle.
Shurmur was the interim head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles last year after they fired Chip Kelly and was their offensive coordinator from 2013-15. Prior to that, he was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 2011-12 and offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams from 2009-10.
The Vikings have the 31st-ranked offense – 31st rushing and 28th passing.
They are averaging just 2.7 yards per rush, but injuries on the offensive line have contributed to the offensive deficiencies. The Vikings have placed both their starting offensive tackles, Matt Kalil and Andre Smith, on injured reserve and signed Jake Long, who started his first game as a Viking on Monday night.
The Vikings have also lost QB Teddy Bridgewater for the season, and RB Adrian Peterson is on injured reserve, as well.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer will address the media at 11 a.m. Central.