Panthers name Turner offensive coordinator


Norv Turner

Turner, 35, took a job as an offensive analyst at MI after three seasons as quarterbacks coach with the Minnesota Vikings.

Norv Turner is expected to make the Carolina Panthers his latest stop in the NFL.

The Carolina Panthers are finalizing an agreement with the veteran coach to head up their 2018 offense, David Newton of reports.

Turner arrived at National Football League prominence as the offensive coordinator under Jimmy Johnson for the Dallas Cowboys in the early 1990s, where he was part of a pair of Super Bowl champions led on the field by Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin.

On Tuesday, the Panthers fired former offensive coordinator Mike Shula and former quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey.

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Head coach Ron Rivera hopes the moves will help star quarterback Cam Newton as he continues to develop.

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.

Washington hired him in 1994, where he lasted as head coach until 2000 in spite of just one playoff appearance during his tenure. He led San Diego to three straight AFC West titles, but did not win a playoff game and was sacked following the 2012 season. Newton has thrown 30 interceptions over the past two years. Carolina were ranked 19th in total offense (323.7 yards per game), 28th in passing (192.3 per game) and 12th in points per game (22.7). Carolina went 11-5 and lost to New Orleans on Sunday in an NFC wild-card game.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday he did not anticipate any coaching staff changes, but changed his mind after sleeping on it.

The 65-year-old Turner has a wealth of coaching experience, serving as offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys (1991-1993), then-San Diego Chargers (2001), Miami Dolphins (2002-2003), Oakland Raiders (2004-2005), San Francisco 49ers (2006), Cleveland Browns (2013), and Vikings (2014-2016).

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