Among the handful of people who have played an integral part in the development of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is Vikings quarterbacks coach Scott Turner.
Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune recently chatted with Turner about his **relationship with Minnesota’s third-year quarterback**.
Turner's father, Norv, the Vikings offensive coordinator, has received most of the praise for getting Bridgewater ready to play nearly right away as a rookie in 2014. But Scott, the team's 34-year-old quarterbacks coach, also helped Bridgewater make the mostly smooth transition from college standout to playoff starter.
Vikings quarterbacks coach Scott Turner followed in his father's footsteps but didn't coach with him until with the Browns in 2013.
"I kind of wanted to get out on my own,'' Turner said.
Now Scott Turner is imploring his pupil to be more aggressive this season, hoping the third-year QB and the title-starved Vikings can reach new heights.
"He does a good job seeing the game through the quarterback's eyes. That's the starting point," Norv Turner said. "He's learned this offense from guys other than from me, and from me. And he's got a good grasp of it. … Scott's able to tell me what the quarterback was thinking and where he was looking."
Bridgewater said Scott Turner, a former quarterback at UNLV, is adept at helping Minnesota's quarterbacks understand what the entire offense is trying to accomplish.
Trio of Vikings make ESPN's Top 100 list
A panel of more than 50 people at ESPN recently ranked the top 100 players in the NFL, with the Vikings grabbing three spots on the list.
Ben Goessling of ESPN.com wrote the blurbs about each Vikings player who was ranked.
Running back Adrian Peterson was slotted at No. 12 after he led the league in rushing with 1,485 yards last season. He also tied for the league lead with 11 rushing touchdowns.
*Last season, Peterson became the first 30-something running back in 11 years to lead the NFL in rushing, and he needs only 1,065 yards this season to move into seventh place on the NFL's all-time rushing list. Another rushing title would be Peterson's fourth, and would tie him for the second most in league history. *
Safety Harrison Smith finished tied for 41st on the list. He had 87 tackles (56 solo), six quarterback hurries, three tackles for loss, two interceptions, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 2015.
Linebacker Anthony Barr rounded out the Minnesota trio, tying for 93rd. The third-year linebacker made his first Pro Bowl in 2015 after notching 80 tackles and 3.5 sacks.