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Peterson Says Adding Turner To Run Offense Puts Vikings On “The Right Path”

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Earlier this month, Adrian Peterson reacted to the hiring of coach Mike Zimmer with guarded optimism, saying he was watching closely to see whom Zimmer would put on his coaching staff and what the team would do with the rest of its offseason, Ben Goessling of reports.

Now that the Vikings have added veteran offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Peterson evidently is coming around.

The star running back, in an interview with USA Today Sports, called Turner “the perfect guy to lead us and get us on the right path,” pointing out Turner’s reputation as a passing guru and the Vikings’ struggles throwing the ball the past two seasons.

Minnesota had the league’s 23rd-ranked passing offense in 2013, using three starting quarterbacks. In 2012, the Vikings’ passing game ranked next-to-last.

Peterson was a staunch supporter of former coach Leslie Frazier and told ownership he wanted Frazier to stay on after the Vikings went 5-10-1 this season. He also had said after the season that he wants to have more input into the Vikings’ decision-making process, and he talked with general manager Rick Spielman before heading home to Houston for the offseason.

“[Turner] is a brilliant mind, obviously,” Peterson said. “I’m still sitting back and seeing whatever moves we make as far as coaches and players.”

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4 Responses to “Peterson Says Adding Turner To Run Offense Puts Vikings On “The Right Path””

  1. purplereign57 says:

    OK, so AP liked Frasier,and was lending his support to Leslie staying on. That’s all well and good. I mean, according to all the talk, Frasier was a well-liked coach anyway. Owners, execs, whoever, decided a change needed to be made, made it, and cleaned house.
    So, now, AP says that he believes bringing Norv Turner on board was a good decision. I agree. Peterson has also reportedly said that he would like more “input” concerning the decision making processes, and according to Loede in the above article, had spoken with GM Rick Spielman, (I’m guessing here that by this he,(Loede) meant that he(Peterson) had spoken to Spielman about these “decision making” processes), before departing for Houston.
    Here’s my take on the whole ball o’ wax. If #28 wants more input concerning decision making processes, he JUST MIGHT GET WHAT HE’S ASKING FOR. LET ME EMPHASIZE “MIGHT”, but if there’s any player on the team that can ask this AND GET IT, it’s All Day. One thing. HE “TALKED” TO THE WRONG GUY!! Adrian Peterson most probably has enough pull on this football team to talk to someone A LOT HIGHER UP ON THE TOTEM POLE THAN SPIELMAN, if you know what I mean, ad I wouldn’t doubt for a New York minute that Peterson could do much better in some of the “decision making processes” than Spielman ever thought of doing! When the Wilfs and company cleaned house, they MISSED ONE GUY!

  2. Fisher says:

    This coming draft will define Spielman’s tenure with the Vikes once and for all.

    I’m going to start turning purple like you, Mr. Reign, because I’m holding my breath till April.

    • purplereign57 says:

      You pose a valid point, Fisher, and I agree with you that this upcoming draft SHOULD DEFINE Spielman’s final fate. If the Wilf brothers use their collective noggins, they’ll keep eyes wide open at Spielman’s every move. It NEEDS TO CONTINUALLY BE STRESSED, AND SCREAMED FROM THE HILLTOPS, that, more than anything else, Minnesota needs a franchise quarterback in the worst way. It has been FAR TOO LONG…FAR TOO LONG, since there’s been one of those under center. Although I have continually stressed how very much Minnesota NEEDS to plug all the defensive holes, and that defense wins ball games,the question still arises, “how many Super Bowl championship teams can you name that have had BAD QUARTERBACKS? That’s what I thought.
      I must admit that even though there is a pretty good bumper crop of QB’s declared for the draft, Spielman STILL has his work cut out for him. I think mainly because of the manner in which the picking order falls. With the Vikings at #8, he may have to do some premier wriggling and wranggling to acquire what Minnesota needs at that position.
      I’ve been extensively eyeballing the QB’s coming out this time around. There are some rather unpolished, but very good looking quarterbacks that most people aren’t saying a lot about, that is, beyond the obvious top 5 or 6. IMHO, two guys with REAL PROMISE stick out to me. There’s a Jeff Matthews out of Cornell that has eye-popping qualifications AND stats. The thing is, most scouts are going to say things about him like, “he’s never played any REAL competition”. I say, that with an OC like Norv Turner, and his hand picked staff, that even a player from Cornell, ESPECIALLY one like this kid, he could easily be a diamond in the rough. They also need to take a look at Zach Mettenberger out of LSU. I’m mentioning what you might call “obscure” names because, barring something I personally don’t anticipate, the best of the QB crop will be gone by pick #8. I have heard all sorts of negatives about Derek Carr, and the consensus is that he’ll still be available when the Vikings pick, and everyone is saying that, if they indeed, choose Carr, that they will be “reaching”, and many are convinced that, given Spielman’s track record at picking quarterbacks, he will again throw the pick out the window. I guess he could pick from the other side of the ball, (defense), but, again, IMHO, that would be wasting the pick, because they need a QB so badly. IT IS POSSIBLE that they could grab a good prospect in later rounds, like Matthews or Mettenberger, but, at any rate,Spielman and company must, MORE THAN EVER, make this draft count when it comes to possibly drafting a QB, rather than picking up one through FA, which, in my opinion, is ALSO reaching. By the way, they must also, more than ever, make this draft count WITH EVERY SINGLE PICK if they intend on actually making an honest effort to begin rebuilding.
      I guess my point(s) are made, and I am done with this “novel”, and I, like you, will be holding my breath.

  3. Fisher says:

    If the Vikes can’t get Bridgewater (or, gulp… Manziel) at 8, I honestly think they should peg a linebacker and wait till later rounds for a QB. Also, let’s be honest. Both of those guys will be off the board by 8. Turner should be able to build a sold staff and properly develop a prospect QB, and I really like Mettenberger. I don’t like Carr and I’m not sold on Bortles. Spielman and Zimmer have got to go defense all over the place in April, though. I get more excited and hopeful by the day for what Zimmer can do with this team. Maybe my hopefulness is a side-effect of my fan-bias, but I’m thinking more and more with all this time to digest the idea that the VIkings took the best up-and-coming candidate they could have out of the new crop of head coaches. Bringing in Turner makes it seem like all of the pieces are falling into place. I have growing high hopes for what Zimmer can and will do with the team.

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