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Report: Panthers finalizing deal with Turner as OC

The Carolina Panthers are finalizing a deal with Norv Turner to be the team’s next offensive coordinator, according to a report by ESPN.

Per the report, the Panthers will also hire Turner’s son, Scott, as quarterbacks coach.

The moves come a day after Carolina fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey, who had held their respective positions since 2013. Shula had been among head coach Ron Rivera’s initial hires in 2011, serving as quarterbacks coach for two years before his promotion to coordinator.

Norv Turner, 65, last coached in 2016, when he resigned as offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings after a 5-2 start, citing philosophical differences. He spent 2017 out of football but said in June he planned to return to the NFL and had received interest from several potential jobs. Rivera was Turner’s defensive coordinator for four seasons from 2007 to 2010 while Turner was head coach of the then-San Diego Chargers.

Scott Turner, 35, was the Panthers’ offensive quality control coordinator from 2011 to 2012 and worked on the same staff as his father from 2013 to 2016, including one season with the Cleveland Browns and three with the Vikings. He spent 2017 as an offensive analyst on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Michigan.

The father-son duo will join two family members already on the Panthers’ staff. Ron Turner, Norv’s brother, joined the team last offseason as an offensive consultant, while Ron’s son, Cameron, has been with the club since 2015, serving as assistant wide receivers coach and assistant QBs coach.

Rivera cited the need for “a different perspective” when announcing the firings of Shula and Dorsey on Tuesday, adding that he hopes to see more development from 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton. The 28-year-old posted a QB rating of 80.7 this season and 75.8 in 2016, the worst single-season marks of his career, after a personal-best 99.4 rating in 2015.

–Field Level Media

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