- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has resigned.

The sudden announcement comes as a surprise, as the Vikings are in the midst of a 5-2 record, leading the NFC North.

Turner, 64, has been an NFL coach for the last 15 years, the last two as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator.

Turner also served as the head coach of the Washington Redskins from 1994 to 2000.

Minnesota’s offense currently ranks 31st in total offense, averaging just 293.3 yards per game, but Turner was working without starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and starting running back Adrian Peterson.

Additionally, Minnesota’s offensive line has been tormented with injuries, losing tackles Matt Kalil to a hip injury and Andre Smith, who left Monday’s game with an elbow injury. Starting guard Alex Boone also missed time with a hip injury.

The Vikings’ 19.9 points per game ranks 19th in the NFL. Last season, with a healthy Adrian Peterson, Turner led the fourth-best rushing offense in the NFL.

Minnesota announced that tight ends coach Pat Shurmur will take over as the interim offensive coordinator. Shurmur has experience with the Philadelphia Eagles and the St. Louis Rams (now the Los Angeles Rams) as an offensive coordinator.

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