Browns name Turner offensive coordinator
BEREA – As expected, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski added former San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner to his staff Thursday to serve as offensive coordinator.
Turner’s addition was one of six moves announced by the team. Among others named were Mike Sullivan (offensive line) and Brad Roll (strength). Chris Tabor (specials teams) and George Warhop (offensive line) will be retained from the staff of former coach Pat Shurmur.
It also was announced that Turner’s son, Scott, will coach receivers. Scott Turner worked with Chudzinski in Carolina as the Panthers’ offensive quality control coach.
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.”
Turner is one of the rare coaches that received a third chance to direct the fortunes of a team. He was coach of the Washington Redskins from 1994-2000. After one season as the offensive coordinator for the Chargers and two in the same role with the Miami Dolphins, he coached the Raiders from 2004-05. Following one season as the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator, Turner accepted the Chargers post in 2007.
Turner’s career coaching record is 114-122-1.
Turner’s addition creates an interesting dilemma for Chudzinski. 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.
Chudzinski still needs to hire a defensive coordinator to replace Dick Jauron, who wasn’t retained. Former Tampa Bay Bucs coach Raheem Morris is expected to interview for the post.