Mike Zimmer will be the ninth head coach in the history of the Minnesota Vikings and now the biggest question as he builds his coaching staff, who will lead the offense? The most important position on an NFL roster is the quarterback, and it is no secret that this franchise hasn't had a long term franchise answer since the late 90's.
Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner and former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak are two names that have been mentioned early when it comes to the offensive side of the ball.
Turner was the offensive coordinator in Dallas when Zimmer served as the coach of the defensive backs. Turner, who has head coaching experience with stops in Washington and San Diego, is more known for his strong running games used to set up the pass.
Offensive Coordinator: Overall record as OC 71-56-1
Dallas Cowboys- 1991-1993(11-5; 13-3; 12-4)
1991- 342 points (21.4/g-7th in NFL); 1992- 409 points (25.6/g 2nd in NFL); 376 points (23.5/g- 2nd in NFL)
With a plethora of offensive weapons, the Cowboys won a pair of Super Bowls with Turner in charge of the offense. Emmitt Smith rushed for 1563, 1713 and 1486 yards in the Turner tenure.
QB- Troy Aikman RB- Emmitt Smith WR- Michael Irvin
San Diego Chargers- 2001 (5-10-1)
Scored 332 points (20.8/g- 14th in NFL)
Turner stayed just one season in San Diego as head coach Mike Riley was shown the door. The Chargers drafted LaDanian Tomlinson who finished with 1200 yards and 10 touchdowns in his rookie campaign.
Miami Dolphins- 2002-2003(9-7; 10-6)
Turner immediately landed on his feet with Miami and watched Ricky Williams rush for 1800 yards and 16 touchdowns. His quarterbacks, Jay Fiedler and Ray Lucas combined for 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions as his team finished 9-7 winning the AFC East. His 2003 team scored 311 points (17th in the league) and finished with a 10-6 record.
QB- Fiedler RB- Williams WR- Chris Chambers
San Francisco 49ers- 2006 (7-9)
In 2006, he took over the 49ers who scored 298 points (18.6/g 24th in the NFL). Frank Gore rushed for nearly 1700 yards and 8 touchdowns. Alex Smith threw 16 touchdowns and 2890 yards.
QB- Alex Smith RB- Frank Gore WR- Arnaz Battle
Cleveland Browns- 2013(4-12)
Browns scored 308 points (19.2/g- 27th in NFL). Quarterback situation was in a constant state of flux with Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden and Brian Hoyer all starting games. The group combined for 26 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Willis McGahee was the leading rusher with 377 yards.
QB- Campbell/Weeden/Hoyer RB- McGahee WR-Josh Gordon
Gary Kubiak led the Denver Broncos offense for 11 seasons (1995-2005) before taking over as the head coach in Houston. In his 11 seasons, the Broncos won a pair of Super Bowls and amassed 465 touchdowns and over 66,000 total offensive yards. Kubiak's Broncos had a 114-62 record and were led by John Elway and Terrell Davis for four of the 11 seasons. Kubiak's offense was in the top 10 in scoring every year but one (1999) which was the first year of the transition between Elway and Brian Griese.
His zone rushing scheme has produced 1,000+ yard rushers in 14 of his 19 seasons in Denver and Houston and includes non-household names such as Olandis Gary, Reuben Droughns, Mike Anderson and Steve Slaton.
Other names to watch:
Mike Mularkey, Scott Linehan and Rob Chudzinski are among other names being mentioned as offensive coordinator.