49ers coach Jim Harbaugh channelled Johnny Cash this week when he said that the 49ers have “been everywhere” over the last few seasons.
Norv Turner doesn’t wear all black, but he may also identify with Cash’s tune after working for eight different teams in nine different stops over the course of his NFL coaching career. It looks like he’ll be adding another team to the list.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Turner is “close” to an agreement to become the offensive coordinator on new coach Mike Zimmer’s first staff in Minnesota. The Vikings’ interest in Turner was initially reported on Wednesday, shortly after Zimmer agreed to become the head coach.
One of Turner’s biggest jobs in Minnesota will be the identification/development of a quarterback who can lead the team more effectively than the Christian Ponder/Matt Cassel/Josh Freeman trio did in 2013. Adrian Peterson should feel good about the success running backs have had in Turner’s offenses over the years, although the lack of a better option at quarterback would hamstring the offense even with another strong year for Peterson.