The worst kept secret in the NFL was finally confirmed on Thursday afternoon when the Vikings announced their coaching staff for 2014. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner addressed the media talking about his vision for an offense that has plenty of firepower led by Adrian Peterson, but lacks a true answer at the most important position.
"For me the starting point is the organization. I think a lot of the Vikings and the way they do things," Turner said. "I have a couple friends in Dallas that said if you and Zimmer paired up, you would be good so we're gonna find out."
One of those was former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman who played under Turner in Dallas when Zimmer was a defensive coach. While Turner wouldn't offer an opinion on if the team should select a quarterback in the first round, he did admit there is agreement in the organization that one would be taken somewhere in May's draft.
"Quarterbacks come from a lot of different spots," Turner said. "There's some pretty good players that weren't drafted high. The guys who come on the fastest are put in a good situation with good people around them. When you have the number one defense in the league it is a little easier to play the QB position. A guy has to stand on his own, but obviously when you have good people around that helps."
Turner hopes to lean on Adrian Peterson, but create a passing game that will force defenses to be honest.
"It's all about having balance," Turner said. "You have to be able to do what you want, but balance is the most critical."