Panthers name Turner offensive coordinator

Ross Houston
January 12, 2018

Turner's son, Scott, who worked with the quarterbacks at the University of MI this past season, will be the new position coach for, according to another source. The Panthers are also hiring Turner's son, Scott, as QBs coach.

Rivera and Turner have a history together, so it's not surprising that Ron ultimately chose to give Norv the job.

Turner was out of football this past season and last coached for the Minnesota Vikings in 2016 before resigning mid-season.

It seems likely that the Panthers fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula with Turner in mind, given how quickly things came about.

Rivera made the move because he felt a change was needed to further the development of Newton, who had 30 interceptions to only 41 touchdown passes the past two seasons.

ESPN's David Newton reports the Panthers are nearing a deal to hire Norv Turner as their offensive coordinator. The Vikings had lost two in a row to fall to 5-2 on the season and had just lost a game in Chicago when Turner resigned. The veteran OC shepherded careers of Troy Aikman, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers - the latter as Chargers head coach from 2007-2012. They finished 2017 ranked 19th in total offense (323.7 yards per game), 28th in passing (192.3 per game), fourth in rushing offense (131.4 per tilt) and 12th in points per game (22.7).

The Kansas City Chiefs, meanwhile, promoted running backs coach Eric Bieniemy to offensive coordinator after Matt Nagy was hired Monday as coach of the Chicago Bears.

Turner, who interviewed with the team Thursday, was considered among the top candidates to join Ron Rivera's coaching staff.

He previously spent time as head coach with the Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders and then San Diego Chargers, boasting a combined 114-122-1 record with four playoff appearances.

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