Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has abruptly resigned from the 5-2 team on Wednesday, sending shock waves throughout the league that didn’t see this one coming.
The team confirmed the news soon after it broke.
“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. I think the Wilf family for my time here in Minnesota and want to see our players and coaches achieve success,” Turner said in a statement.
The move throws Pat Shurmur into the top offensive spot after serving as tight ends coach, but has a history coaching QB Sam Bradford during their time in St. Louis and Philadelphia.
The resignation also comes after the team played their worst offensive game this year on Monday night in a loss to the Bears. While that alone can’t be the complete reason for Turner’s departure, speculation will run rampant on this in the coming days.