The Cleveland Browns have reportedly lost both of their coordinators on the same day. Following a morning report that Ray Horton has joined the Titans, the Vikings have agreed to terms with offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
This will be sixth different franchise for which Turner will be OC. He served in the same capacity for the Browns in 2013 during Josh Gordon's breakout season.
Emmitt Smith, Frank Gore, Ricky Williams, LaDainian Tomlinson, they all posted big numbers with Turner running the offense. He's given a pass for this year since the Browns never really had a running game (sorry, Willis McGahee and Edwin Baker). But if I'm not mistaken, the Vikings have a pretty good running back on their roster. He's not healthy right now, but you should expect Adrian Peterson to be Turner's next successful RB. Granted, Peterson has been successful no matter who's coaching him. At the very least, expect Norv to keep that going.
I'll be more interested to see how Norv works with Cordarrelle Patterson , who is similar to Gordon with his speed and big-play skills. I expect this hiring to be brought up this summer by Patterson supporters as one reason why you will want to draft him. I can't say I disagree.
Turner's toughest and most important project will be molding a solid QB out of Minnesota's mess at that position.