Today when Norv Turner was asked about drafting a quarterback with the 8th overall pick, he politely answered.
“I don’t have to answer questions like that any more,” he joked, referring back to his days as the San Diego Chargers’ head coach. “[General manager] Rick [Spielman] and [head coach] Mike [Zimmer], I’m sure, have been talking about it a lot.”
But Turner did make clear the one thing that most have expected would be true of the Vikings this offseason: They’ll try to find a young quarterback.
“I think everyone is in agreement that we are trying to add a young quarterback to the organization. We just have to make sure it’s a good one wherever we get him,” he said.
Turner used Seattle’s Russell Wilson as proof that quarterbacks can come from many different backgrounds; Wilson is just 5-foot-11, and was drafted in the third round by the Seahawks in 2012. He also took a subtle jab at Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who pushed out former Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson when Turner was the head coach there.
“I was with Brad Johnson in Washington when we went to the playoffs and won the division and the owner was convinced he couldn’t win a Super Bowl, so we let him go and he went to Tampa and the next year he won a Super Bowl,” Turner said. “I think you get a really good player and you get him with a really good team and you find out how far you can go.”
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