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Turner named OC

January 17, 2013 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- To the surprise of no one, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski added former San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner to his staff Thursday to serve as offensive coordinator.

In addition, the Browns also announced the hirings of Mike Sullivan (offensive line) and Brad Roll (strength), along with Turner's son Scott to coach receivers. Chris Tabor (specials teams) and George Warhop (offensive line) will be retained from the staff of former coach Pat Shurmur.

Norv Turner was fired after the Chargers completed a disappointing 7-9 season. He has long been rumored to be on the firing line. The Chargers, always touted as a playoff-caliber team, missed the playoffs each of the last three seasons, and Norv Turner was any easy person to blame.

“Norv has been one of the most respected offensive coaches in the NFL over the last 25-30 years, and he’s had a tremendous amount of success at each one of his stops – as a position coach, coordinator and head coach,” Chudzinski said in a statement. “I was able to learn a great deal in the time that I worked for him in San Diego, and I expect that having him as our offensive coordinator will make a big impact on that side of the ball.”

The question now becomes does Chudzinski or Turner call plays? Considering that owner James Haslam labeled Chudzinski one of the great offensive minds in the NFL, it would make sense for him to call plays.

Chudzinski said last week that the decision would be based on his selection to coordinate the offense. Turner likely didn’t accept the post if he didn’t feel he would play a major role on game day.


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