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Panthers hire Norv Turner as new offensive coordinator

Panthers hire Norv Turner as new offensive coordinator

ESPN's David Newton writes the Panthers have hired former National Football League head coach Norv Turner to serve as offensive coordinator, and along with him his son, Scott.

As Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Tuesday, Turner was head coach Ron Rivera's initial target when he made a decision to fire previous coordinator Mike Shula. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the team does not discuss potential coaching candidates. He'll take over for Mike Shula, whom the Panthers fired following their wild-card-round loss to the Saints. Scott Turner is an offensive analyst at the University of MI and previously worked for the Panthers as an offensive quality control coordinator from 2011-12.

Scott Turner worked with Michigan's quarterbacks this past season, but from 2011 to 2012, he was the Panthers' quality control coach.

It would also be quite a family reunion if both are hired.

After initially giving Shula a vote of confidence on Monday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera fired him a day later saying that the team's offense needed a "different perspective" and "different ideas" going forward.




Rivera spent four years under Turner at San Diego from 2007 to 2010, including the last three years as the defensive coordinator. The Panthers are the seventh team to tab Turner as head of the offense, the last being the Minnesota Vikings from 2014-16.

Norv Turner will be tasked with stabilizing Cam Newton's career after the former NFL MVP endured two uneven seasons.

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

The 65-year-old worked as a head coach for 15 of those seasons, accumulating a 114-122-1 record for the Redskins, Raiders and Chargers.


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