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Lunch Break, 8/1: Teddy in the 'House of Turner'

Vikings Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner and his son, quarterbacks coach Scott Turner, have the same last name and genetics, but incorporate different coaching styles.

ESPN's Kevin Seifert took a look at their **contrasting styles** and what that means for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Norv's system is a variation of what Don Coryell incorporated as "Air Coryell" that was made famous by Chargers QB Dan Fouts. The senior Turner is in his 31st NFL season. Seifert noted Scott's prior experience includes coaching at the high school and college levels before he became an assistant with the Panthers.

The Turners first worked together for the Browns in 2013 and were both hired by Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer last year, helping guide Bridgewater to a highly successful debut campaign in which he was voted by fans as Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year.

Seifert honed in on a false start penalty during training camp this week that made third-and-7 into a third-and-12 and drew Norv's ire:

"Start thinking!" (Norv) yells. "It's not third-and-7 anymore! It's third-and-12! How many times do you think you can convert third-and-12?!"

*Follow the gaze of the quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater never makes eye contact with his offensive coordinator. Instead, he's fixed on another assistant. Scott Turner, Norv's less volatile son and the Vikings' quarterbacks coach, offers a few quiet pointers and calls a new play. It's a deep completion to new receiver Mike Wallace. *

The House of Turner is entering its second year of rule over the Vikings offense, a development worth watching around the NFL. The Turners' early work with Bridgewater has been promising, and the return of tailback Adrian Peterson has conjured comparisons to Norv's high-scoring teams with the San Diego Chargers a decade ago. In Minnesota, it's not difficult to imagine Turner capping his career as one of this generation's top offensive minds with a final quarterback project -- and then passing the torch to a son who figures to garner national recognition if Bridgewater's star continues to rise.



Seifert pointed out Norv's previous resume includes Troy Aikman's and Doug Flutie's top single-season yardage totals, Gus Frerotte's 1996 trip to the Pro Bowl, Jay Fiedler's highest passer rating, and Philip Rivers' leading the NFL in passer rating and TD passes in 2008 and yardage in 2010.

Zimmer told Seifert that players bought in "right away" but Norv continues to adapt.

"That's one of the great things about Norv," Zimmer said. "He's not stuck and set in his ways. He's able to adjust and keep up with where things are going."

Vikings Depth at LB Increases

Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune took a look at the **depth of Vikings linebackers** from veteran Chad Greenway to an on-the-mend Anthony Barr, Audie Cole, Gerald Hodges and 2015 second-round pick Eric Kendricks. Although only three or possibly two (if opening in the nickel) might start games, Vensel could see each playing a role for the Vikings this season.

*Depending on how a couple of critical position battles pan out over the next few weeks, the Vikings could have five linebackers taking on significant roles. *

For now, Cole is getting the first-team reps between Greenway and Barr in the 4-3 base defense. Part of that is because Cole is more experienced than Kendricks, but it's also because he opened eyes with his play in the 2014 season finale, leaving the coaches to wonder why that towering linebacker has shined in games but not always in practice.

*Kendricks, the rangier of the two candidates to start at middle linebacker, has been with the second-stringers. Although his father in the past was hesitant to give some rookies sizable roles early, Adam Zimmer pointed out that Barr, who generated Defensive Rookie of the Year buzz last season before missing the final four games because of a knee injury, was an early-down player right away. *

Even if Kendricks doesn't show enough chops against the run to start in the base defense, he still could have an important role in the nickel package. After all, Jasper Brinkley, the so-called starter last season, played only 42.5 percent of the snaps.

Greenway told Vensel, "As far as talent level and guys that can jump in and play at any minute, we haven't been this deep at the position in my 10 years."

Quick Hitters

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