Norv Turner, who helped the Minnesota Vikings to a 5-0 record without Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson, has resigned as offensive coordinator, this after the Vikings mustered just 10 points in each their last two games – both losses. Turner, 64, said his resignation was “in the best interest of the team.”
“I think they still have an opportunity to be good,” former NFL player LaVar Arrington said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “That’s probably the one saving grace that the team has. They’re not in the cellar.”
Arrington played under Turner as a rookie in 2000. Washington started 6-2 that year but finished 8-8. Turner was fired 13 games into the season.
“I don’t want to talk bad or throw shade at the Redskins organization, but there was just too many chiefs and not enough indians,” Arrington said. “That was really the reality of it. You got to have a structured chain of command, and it has to be sticking to the plan. There’s going to be good times, there’s going to be bad times, there’s going to be quiet times. Through all of it, you have to stick together. You have to maintain the plan. If the plan needs adjusting, then it has to be a collective agreement and then you go from there. I just think that a lot of times people are looking for credit in places that they just don’t need credit. Once you find yourself in that situation where there’s too many people that are searching for certain things, validation, job security – or whatever it may be – it’s a volatile industry. You’re here today; you’re gone tomorrow. Your family is in Minnesota. Now they may be in San Diego. They may be in Texas the next month, the next year.
“So when people look at how volatile front-office and coaching-staff jobs and positions really are, then you start to wonder or try to understand why decisions are made so abruptly, why they’re made so quickly,” Arrington continued. “It’s because people’s tails are on the line. It impacted our team my rookie year and we had Terry Robiskie. He did a good job of trying to rally the troops. Ray Rhodes was the defensive coordinator. He did a good job of trying to rally the troops. If we had a kicker, we may have came through it a little bit better, but does it change the dynamic of how the team is operating and what’s going on? It certainly does. There’s no getting around that.”
It’ll be interesting to see how Minnesota – which is still top the NFC North and, as of now, has a first-round playoff bye – responds to Turner’s resignation.
“When you take away a leader, someone who has established respect, someone who has established some continuity and consistency, whenever you change that, you’re going to have to deal with the repercussions that go along with it,” Arrington said. “So they’re going to have to try to manage that the best that they can. If they have enough professionals on the field, then they will be able to get through it. If they don’t, then we’ll be able to see it. It will become very evident in the weeks to come.”
Minnesota (5-2) hosts Detroit (4-4) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.