Norv Turner is used to playing his former teams, and he'll get a chance to scratch another one off the list Sunday when the San Diego Chargers come to TCF Bank Stadium.
The former San Diego head coach is in his second year as the Vikings offensive coordinator after a one-year run as Cleveland’s offensive coordinator following six seasons leading the Chargers.
“I've coached 10 different places, a couple different places twice, so you kind of get used to it,” Turner said Thursday. “We’re removed two seasons, but there aren’t a lot of guys left, but there are some guys that I’m awfully close with that mean a lot to me.
“[Moving around] is just part of this league now.”
The last time Chargers and Vikings met was Turner’s second-to-last season in San Diego and a 24-17 victory for him. The meeting with the Vikings that Turner remembers most, though, was in 2007 when Adrian Peterson took over the game. Peterson set the NFL rushing record with 296 yards in the Vikings’ 35-17 victory.
“What I remember was in the first half I thought we actually contained Adrian pretty well,” Turner said. “He had been playing at a really high level and then the first third down in the second half he breaks off that 74-yard run. That’s how I remember it and it all broke loose then.”
Turner said he thought Peterson had a similar effort in last Sunday’s 26-16 win over the Detroit Lions and he hopes to be on the good side of another Peterson outburst against the Chargers.
When Turner was with St. Louis he watched Flipper Anderson compile 336 reception yards to set the NFL’s single-game receiving yards record. If the trend continues, we could see another single-game record broken while Turner is watching Sunday.