Saturday, January 18, 2014
Vikings finish deals with coordinators
By Ben Goessling
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have officially completed a deal with offensive coordinator Norv Turner to be their offensive coordinator. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter first reported the Vikings were close to a deal with the former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator earlier this week.
The Vikings and Browns had to deal with offset language in Turner's contract with Cleveland before a deal could be completed, but now that the deal is done, Turner can get to work revamping an offense that finished 23rd in the league in passing in 2013 and 28th in 2012. As we discussed earlier this week, Turner's history of implementing the downfield passing game could work well with the Vikings, where Matt Cassel has proven to be one of the league's better deep passers and the Vikings have two good deep threats in Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson.
The Vikings also finished a deal with former Miami Dolphins linebackers coach George Edwards to be their defensive coordinator, according to NFL Network. Edwards worked with new Vikings coach Mike Zimmer for four seasons in Dallas.
Zimmer said on Friday he plans to be heavily involved in designing the Vikings' defense, and could wind up calling defenses on game day if he's able to do so while making the transition from defensive coordinator to head coach, so it remains to be seen whether Edwards will be calling plays during games. But as the Vikings put their coaching staff together, they appear to have their offensive and defensive coordinators in place.
The Vikings will announce their entire coaching staff at a later date, Zimmer said on Friday.