Saturday, December 3, 2016

Norv Turner

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are indeed in the hunt for some good will after falling to 5-3 after a promising five-game win streak to begin the 2016 campaign. To make some sense of the mess, I brought in Dr. Eric Eager, Pro Football Focus contributor, to talk a little Purple and explain to me the method behind the PFF madness. Should people treat their grades as gospel? (No.) And what is the best way for the average jackass fan (like Andy) to incorporate PFF’s content to enrich their viewing experience and make them a better fan.

We also dove into general Vikings topics: Why does it appear that Anthony Barr is struggling? What makes Terence Newman so valuable this season? Was Norv really the only problem on the offense? #TeamTeddy or #TeamBradford going forward? And some Blair Walsh derpiness. Plus Eric shares memories of squaring off against THE Winona State University’s Chris Samp (aka Jeff Janis before Jeff Janis.)

All that and more “Do You Like Apples?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Two weeks ago, whispers of the Minnesota Vikings making it to the Super Bowl this season were beginning to get a little louder. Well, those whispers have just about completely vanished as the Vikings are coming off two straight losses, including an embarrassing loss to the 2-6 Chicago Bears last week.

But with offensive coordinator Norv Turner “resigning” earlier this week and Pat Shurmur now taking the reigns as team’s offensive play caller, is it possible that Minnesota could get back on the track to a Super Bowl?

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Norv Turner stepped down as offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings this week, in a move many see as yet another “addition by subtraction” this season. “Tight ends coach” Pat Shurmur now steps into the interim OC role for his third stint calling plays for Sam Bradford. I talk about how that could affect the offense as well as send NORV off with a few heartfelt songs straight from my heart. #Heart

Also in to preview Sunday’s matchup with the Detroit Lions at historic US Bank Stadium is long-time friend of the show Michael Grey. We chat about how new general manager Bob Quinn is changing things in the Motor City, how Matthew Stafford is playing at a low-key MVP level, and minimize the number of Jim Bob Cooter (JBC) references.

All that and more “Get Your Lights Out” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Bumps in the Road
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A drive down any street is sure to include a few potholes, but lately, the ride that is Minnesota Vikings football has been unbearably bumpy. Missing is the smothering defense, the efficient, if conservative offense, and the team that won five straight games to start the season.

Minnesota’s two-game losing streak was punctuated with the resignation of Norv Turner, who conceded play calling duties to Pat Shurmur on Wednesday morning. We’re not even at the halfway point of the year and the Vikings have already seen turnover at quarterback, running back, offensive line, and now, offensive coordinator.

There’s hope things will smooth over on the road ahead; the defense is still a top-3 unit and the switch to Shurmur could spell positive changes for what’s been a lackluster offense. I tend to take the more optimistic route when it comes to this team, but I wanted to see what the Vikings Territory writers had to say. Their answers, after the jump:

Is it time to hit the panic button on the Vikings, or is this two-game losing streak just a bump in the road?

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This week, we bid adeiu to Uncle Norv. I try to decipher what the offense will look like going forward, and examine the Vikings fanbase’s rich history of dissatisfaction with offensive coordinators. Plus, the real reason the defense has regressed the last two games, and one final voyage for the o’l NORV shirt.

All this, and my (terrible) touchdown pick and score prediction. It’s Bump & Run, Week 9; we’re not going away, so you might as well get used to it.

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