2014 Vikings Draft: Building Draft Board Priority

As the 2014 NFL Draft continues to draw near (finally!), we continue to break down the Vikings current team needs and idea on how to best turn this flaming turd train around. We’ve already taken some time to break down draft priority based on team position looking at offensive needs and defensive needs, and we’ll use that today to recap and set our draft board priority. Of course...
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Assistant Coaches in Cowboys’ History

Joe Avezzano   During his time as the special teams coach from 1990 to 2000 Joe “Coach Joe” Avezzano was not only part of the coaching staff that led the Cowboys to three Super Bowl victories in four years, but was also consistently recognized individually as one of the most accomplished special teams coaches of the 1990s. He was known for consistent success and was named the...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL mock drafts: Predictions on Vikings picks

With the NFL Draft not just under a month away (that's either close or a far way off depending on your point of view), it seems like a good time to check out mock drafts from around the Internet to get predictions on who the Vikings might select. Some mocks do only one round, some a few and there's even a seven-rounder out there. For the most part, I tried to keep the drafts...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings have done their part to check off offseason boxes

Slowly the tweets started to appear during the weekend, players announcing they're leaving their offseason homes, the warmer climates to return to Minnesota. "Charlotte it's been real," new Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn wrote on his Twitter page on Saturday. "Minnesota are y'all ready I know I am #24." "Great to be back at Winter Park today...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: LSU’s Zach Mettenberger The Vikings “Signal Caller Of Choice”

  Tony Pauline of reports that LSU QB Zach Mettenberger is the Vikings “signal caller of choice.” Pauline adds that sources have told him that Mettenberger is a “perfect fit” in Vikings’ OC Norv Turner’s system. According to Pauline, Mettenberger has had no issues sprinting or rolling out of the pocket in recent weeks. Pauline previously reported...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

May draft proves beneficial for Spielman, Vikings

The NFL doesn't go dormant these days; one only needs to look at the anticipation of the pro day for "Johnny Football" on Thursday or the curiosity in the Philadelphia Eagles signing Mark Sanchez and releasing DeSean Jackson on Friday. Yet, the buzz of free agency has worn off and last season is a fading memory for anyone unassociated with the Seattle Seahawks. The...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Norv Turner Calls Johnny Manziel ‘Amazingly Accurate’

Johnny Manziel received universally rave reviews from former and current NFL players, coaches, GMs, scouts and coaches after putting on a show at his Pro Day on Thursday. [RELATED: Jerry Rice: Johnny Manziel Reminds Me of Steve Young] Photo Via Now he’s also drawing plenty of praise from Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner. “He was amazingly accurate...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Zimmer, Turner assess ‘choreographed’ Manziel

The Vikings had plenty of eyes on Johnny Manziel Thursday and were scheduled to get a closer look, too. Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner talked about Manziel’s pro day and what they saw from the quarterback prospect.
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Texans, Jaguars & Vikings To Meet Privately With Johnny Manziel Thursday

  Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that the Texans and Jaguars will both meet with privately with Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel Thursday afternoon. According to College Football 24/7, Manziel will have dinner with the Vikings HC Mike Zimmer, OC Norv Turner and GM Rick Spielman Thursday and will meet with him Friday morning as well. Chase Goodbread of College Football...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Derek Carr played himself into first round after Pro Day

A large crowd that included representatives from all 32 teams gathered for Fresno State’s pro day Thursday. No NFL head coaches were present, but each team had at least two or three reps, including the Vikings, who sent offensive coordinator Norv Turner and general manager Rick Spielman. The star of the show was undoubtedly quarterback Derek Carr, who more than likely played himself...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Norv Turner: QB Carr had ‘heck of a workout’

Quarterback Derek Carr, a potential first-round draft pick, showed well at his pro day, despite fighting illness. Rick Spielman and Norv Turner were there to witness it.
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Zimmer wants to build team around 'smart' players

Since 1981, the Minnesota Vikings have had their team headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minn., tucked in the Northwest corner of Highway 169 and Interstate 494. There have been tweaks to the facility over the years with more changes sure to come in the future, which includes the team's offices, an indoor fieldhouse and a pair of outdoor fields among other amenities. Mike Zimmer entered...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings: Familiarity, trust keys for offense

Jerome Felton and Matt Cassel discussed their expectations for themselves and the offense under Norv Turner.
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Turner, Cassel good union scheme, skills

Matt Cassel was the best free-agent option for the Vikings in Norv Turner’s system because of some key Cassel stats.
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Free Agency Rumors: Best fits for Darren Sproles

The New Orleans Saints have still yet to officially cut Darren Sproles (despite reports leaking last week that he would be released) but once he is let go, where could Sproles go next?Minnesota Vikings - Sproles would be nothing more than a change of pace running back in Minnesota (when he’s not in a two-back set), similar to the heavy rotation he recieved with the Saints....
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Aikman thought Zimmer, Turner would make good pairing

Long before Mike Zimmer ever thought of a union with Norv Turner, one mutual acquaintance believed in the power of a Zimmer-Turner tandem Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman was the one who saw the potential with Turner leading an offense and Zimmer using his skills to hone the defensive side of the ball. "Well, Troy Aikman, he really thinks a lot of coach Zimmer," Turner...
Via Fox Sports North
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

TE's Kyle Rudolph, John Carlson in line for bigger roles in offense under OC Norv Turner

The focus on the Minnesota Vikings offense has been quarterback, wide receiver and RB Adrian Peterson, but an overlooked aspect of the unit has been the talented tight tends. Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson have the potential to be a top five unit in 2014 and under new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who likes to use the position in multiple formations, there could be a significant...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Norv Turner's New Playbook Proves Opportunistic for Cordarrelle

Over the last three years of Minnesota Vikings "football" (I use parentheses, because there is no way I will believe that was actually the football we all know and love), one of the most infuriating things was how inept our offense has been. Sure, much of this falls on the Spaghetti Monster noodle arm of quarterback Christian Ponder, but at least an equal chunk of it fell...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Sunday Slant: In Turner Vikings will trust

The Vikings will let new offensive coordinator Norv Turner influence their decision at quarterback, and they should. He has the résumé and the confidence of team brass.
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings: Biggest Questions Heading Into 2014 Offseason

With the 2013 season already consigned to the memory banks, the Vikings are looking forward to a more successful campaign in 2014. Having moved to strengthen their coaching staff with the appointment of Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner amongst others there nevertheless remain several big questions hanging over Minnesota coming into the free agency and draft periods of the offseason.How...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings will lean heavily on Turner in evaluation of quarterbacks

INDIANAPOLIS -- When he was introduced as the Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator, Norv Turner joked that he doesn't have to decide on when his new team will have to draft a quarterback. Turner might not make the final call, but he's going to have a big say in when and where Minnesota tries to find its next young quarterback, and on who it will be. Vikings general...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Patterson could be downfield threat in Turner's offense

Ever since the moment Cordarrelle Patterson was drafted last summer by the Minnesota Vikings, he had been compared to the game-breaking receivers of Minnesota's past, Randy Moss and Percy Harvin. Patterson brought on some of the Moss comparison's himself in picking No. 84. Coming out of Tennessee, evaluators saw similarities in Patterson's game to Harvin's versatility...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

New Vikings OC Norv Turner Already on Hot Seat

How quickly has a new NFL coaching assistant been fired? I know the Browns fired Rob Chudzinski after one season as a Head Coach, and the Raiders pretty much fire head coaches at the end of every season as well, but I can't think of many instances when someone like an Offensive Coordinator or other assistant coach was fired in the same offseason that he was hired. But if...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Norv Turner sees balanced offense with plenty of Adrian Peterson

Well before Norv Turner became the Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator, he knew all about his new team's offensive star, Adrian Peterson. One picture on the wall in Winter Park, the team's headquarters, reminds Turner of everything he needs to know about Peterson. Turner was in the photo. "It was one of the first pictures I saw of me standing on the sideline...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Norv Turner sees balanced offense with plenty of Adrian Peterson

Well before Norv Turner became the Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator, he knew all about his new team's offensive star, Adrian Peterson. One picture on the wall in Winter Park, the team's headquarters, reminds Turner of everything he needs to know about Peterson. Turner was in the photo. "It was one of the first pictures I saw of me standing on the sideline...
Via Fox Sports North
February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

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