Souhan: Zimmer, Turner make a formidable Vikings coaching tandem

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 19, 2014 - 1:38 PM

The most startling news of the week was not that the Vikings hired a veteran defensive coordinator as their next coach. It was that they were willing and able to hire a renowned offensive coordinator. At Winter Park, the hiring of a star coordinator occurs about as often as a dome deflation.

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bruisedupJan. 18, 14 8:05 PM

People can see some recent ordinary results from Turners work as an offensive coordinator but when he has the pieces to work with he can create a monster. The whole offense (for the most part) is returning and I would like to see Jeff Davidson brought back as the offensive line coach. Turner has a history also of finding and developing a quarterback. This is unreal if you really follow NFL football. I would not have guessed that we would hit it this big with an offensive coordinator after hiring Zimmer as the head coach. I for one am really jacked up over this. I now expect a huge quarterback search once the coaches are in place.

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danglinfury8Jan. 18, 14 8:06 PM

Even if they have to start Cassell in 2014, the Vikings should be good enough to make the playoffs. This is assuming they don't reach for a QB at #8 (please God don't let them draft Derek Carr). In a perfect world they get Barr, Mack or Mosley in round 1. Either Gabe Jackson (OG from Miss St) or a DB that may fall out of the first in round 2. Then nothing but defense the rest of the way. Give Zimmer the tools he needs to succeed on defense and the Vikes have a chance to be legit.

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TabarnooshJan. 18, 14 8:54 PM

Honestly the last time I watched any imaginative Vikings offense, or capable coaching, it was in '98. I'm hopeful.

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kenw1952wJan. 18, 14 9:18 PM

Two wishes: 1) The Wilfs give Zimmer long enough to build this team back up 2) Speilman checks his ego at the door and stays out of Zimmer's way.

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UncadotJan. 18, 14 9:32 PM

Jim, This is one of the best articles you have written in a long time! I also agree with Tabarnoosh, "it's been a long wait since 98".

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vikeforlifeJan. 18, 14 9:41 PM

No "West coast" offense and no "Cover 2" defense are 2 good reasons this Vike fan approves of the coaching staff so far. Both offensive and defensive staffs should now be able to play hybrid style systems and not be stuck doing the same things to no avail. I don't know how many games this team will win depending on what happens in the offseason,but I do know they will be a heck off a lot more exciting to watch on both sides of the ball. And with the return game the Vikes have, fans better be careful when they go to get munchies or another beer because they may miss something. One word to Mr. Spielman. My expectations have now been raised along with many other fans and the Wilf's. It is on you now to get the help these guys need.

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viking644Jan. 18, 14 9:52 PM

The "Cover No one Defense" (Cover 2) is as dead as the dinosaurs. Zimmer will bring a real defense back to the Vikings- "We will stop the run & hit the quarterback." That sounds refreshing.

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harryhankJan. 18, 14 9:58 PM

Neither turner or Zimmerman will be around to see the new people's stadium.

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krellcodaJan. 18, 1410:02 PM

Now the Vikes can win 6 games next year.

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jplamp9Jan. 18, 1410:13 PM

Spot on Mr. Souhan. One guarantee is that after the first Vikes loss Turner will be assailed mercilessly on the radio and newspaper for the atrocious play calling. Billick was ripped in 1998, the year Vikes set the all-time then scoring record.

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