CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – There will probably be a Turner household reunion in Charlotte. The Carolina Panthers employed Norv Turner on Friday as their new offensive coordinator to switch Mike Shula, who was fired earlier within the week after seven seasons with the group.
Turner, 65 inherits an offense that features a distinctive expertise in quarterback Cam Newton, versatile operating again Christian McCaffrey, dependable tight finish Greg Olsen and a stable offensive line. Nevertheless, whereas the Panthers completed 12th within the league scoring in 2017, they have been simply 28th in passing.
He is the newest member of the Turner household to hitch the Panthers.
His brother, Ron Turner, works because the group’s offensive advisor and nephew Cameron is the assistant quarterbacks coach. Turner is predicted to carry son Scott Turner on as quarterbacks coach.
Ron Rivera labored as defensive coordinator for Turner when he was the top coach of the San Diego Chargers earlier than Rivera joined the Panthers as head coach in 2011. They’ve remained shut pals.
“Norv has coached Corridor of Famers, he is set lots of people on the profession paths that they’ve had,” Rivera mentioned in a information launch Friday. “I am enthusiastic about his information and his offensive prowess. It’ll be invaluable to us have him consider our personnel and assist take our quarterback to a different stage.”
Turner involves Carolina with a wealth of expertise, having coached 32 seasons within the NFL, together with 15 seasons as a head coach and 11 as an offensive coordinator. As offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys (1991-93), he helped the Cowboys win two Tremendous Bowls.
He final labored with the Minnesota Vikings in 2016, however that ended abruptly with Turner resigning after seven video games with the offense ranked 31st within the league.
Turner had been employed in 2014 by first-time head coach Mike Zimmer in Minnesota. Turner and his son Scott, the quarterbacks coach for the Vikings on the time, performed a key half within the determination to draft Teddy Bridgewater with the final decide within the first spherical. Bridgewater took over because the starter three video games into his rookie 12 months and confirmed enchancment in his second season, although the Vikings have been a defense-driven, run-first group that did not ask Bridgewater to take over video games.
However the Vikings ranked simply 27th and 29th within the NFL in complete yards in Turner’s first two years and 20th and 16th in scoring, with a dashing title for Adrian Peterson in 2015 probably the most notable accomplishment.
Zimmer wasn’t glad, bringing in two new offensive assistants who’d been NFL head coaches earlier than: Pat Shurmur to educate the tight ends and Tony Sparano to educate the offensive line.
The Vikings went 11-5 in 2015 to win the NFC North and began 5-Zero in 2016 till an injury-ravaged, susceptible offensive line contributed to the collapse.
Bridgewater’s progress had been painfully thwarted proper earlier than that common season began by a dislocated knee and a number of ligament tears, however emergency acquisition Sam Bradford was enjoying effectively in his place. However after the offense struggled in two straight losses on the street following the five-game successful streak, Turner surprised Zimmer by resigning his put up.
Nonetheless, he has the respect of his former gamers.
“He has a historical past of growing quarterbacks. His observe document speaks volumes,” Bridgewater mentioned.
Bridgewater mentioned Turner will probably be good for Newton, who’s coming off his two worst seasons when it comes to quarterback.
“Carolina truly ran an analogous system to what Norv runs. So, it will not be an excessive amount of transitioning,” Bridgewater mentioned. “They nonetheless throw these deep balls down the sector, deep over routes, deep daggers.”
Vikings vast receiver Jarius Wright mentioned he loved enjoying for Turner and likewise assume he will probably be good coach for Newton.
“Cam does loads of good issues that Norv likes to get completed,” Wright mentioned. “Additionally, I do not know in the event you keep in mind a pair years in the past how we used Jerick McKinnon and so they have Christian McCaffrey. Quite a lot of methods they will get an opportunity to unfold the ball out.”
Bridgewater will probably be to see what occurs in Carolina.
“He loves pushing the ball down the sector, heavy play motion,” Bridgewater mentioned. Let’s “see if he made some adjustments with this 12 months off or if he is simply been enjoying golf and sitting on the lake.”