The Cleveland Browns have found their new offensive coordinator in former Chargers head coach Norv Turner. The team made the rumors official Thursday afternoon. Turner will take over the NFL’s 25th best offense from 2012. He is considered one of the most respected offensive minds in the game today.
Turner is known mostly as a head coach around the league and has filled that position for three different NFL teams. Turner’s first heading coaching gig came from 1994-2000 with the Washington Redskins. Turner also coached the Raiders for two seasons in 2004 and 2005. He spent the last six seasons as head coach of the San Diego Chargers. However, 114-122-1 career head coach is no stranger to the assistant coach role. Turner has been an NFL offensive coordinator on four different occasions, the first one coming in 1991.
The Browns job offered a unique experience for Turner. Coming to Cleveland meant he’d be on the same coaching staff as his son. Scott Turner will serve as the team’s wide receivers coach in 2013.
Turner has had great success as an offensive coordinator. He was the O.C. of the back-to-back Super Bowl champion Cowboys in the early 90s. He’ll serve under new head coach Rob Chudzinski, a man that served under him from 2005-2006 and again from 2009-2010 in San Diego.
“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” Chudzinski said.
Turner will replace Brad Childress offensive coordinator of the Browns. In addition to the father and son tandem, the Browns also hired Mike Sullivan as offensive line coach and Chris Tabor to coach special teams.