By Jim Weidner. The Minnesota Vikings adjusted their offensive coaching staff this offseason. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer removed the interim tag off of interim offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Shurmur took over for former offensive coordinator Norv Turner who resigned after the Vikings seventh game this season.
Under Shurmur’s guidance, the Vikings utilized a quick rhythm west coast style of offense. The Vikings finished the season eighteenth in passing yards. Shurmur will have his work cut out for him next season though. The Vikings offensive line play was a disaster last season and their rushing attack was ranked last in the NFL in rushing. Shurmur started the season as the tight ends’ coach before taking over for Turner.
With the resignation of Turner during the season, not surprisingly, Zimmer parted ways with Turner’s son, Scott Turner, who was the quarterbacks coach for the Vikings. The younger Turner was with the Vikings as long as his father, since 2014. Before that, he was with his father in Cleveland in 2013, and served as the Browns quarterbacks coach.
With Turner’s departure, last season’s running backs coach Kevin Stefanski moves over to coach the quarterbacks. Stefanski has been with the Vikings organization for twelve years, first working under former Vikings head coach Brad Childress and now Turner. Before being the running backs coach, Stefanski coached tight ends for the Vikings.
Replacing Stefanski as the running backs coach is Kennedy Polamalu. Polamalu comes to Minnesota after being the offensive coordinator for UCLA. This isn’t the first time Polamalu has coached in the NFL ranks. Polamalu served as the running backs coach for the Cleveland Browns (2004) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (2005-09).
Filling out the tight ends coach position is Clancy Barone. Barone comes to Minnesota from the Denver Broncos, where he served as the tight ends coach from 2009-2016.
Zimmer and the Vikings hope that the adjustments on the offensive coaching staff will help revitalize their offense. Their quarterback Teddy Bridgewater won’t be ready to play in 2017, leaving Sam Bradford to lead the offense for a second straight season. Running back Adrian Peterson will probably not be brought back next season. Peterson is due a high salary, so the Vikings may choose to move on from him.