Panthers Officially Hire Norv Turner As New Offensive Coordinator


The Carolina Panthers announced Friday that they’ve officially hired Norv Turner as their new offensive coordinator.

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Tiffany Blackmon reports that the Panthers and Norv Turner have “agreed in principle” for him to be their new offensive coordinator.

The expectation has been that Turner was going to get the job, so this shouldn’t come as surprising news.

On Wednesday, David Newton, citing a league source, reports that the Panthers were finalizing a contract with Turner to be their new offensive coordinator and that Turner’s son, Scott, would also join the Panthers’ coaching staff.

Following the 2016 season, Turner said he wanted to get back into coaching, but he wound up sitting out the entire 2017 season.

Some issues that could work against Turner is the fact that he’s 65 and abruptly stepped down as the Vikings’ offensive coordinator during the 2016 season.

On Tuesday, the Panthers announced that they’ve fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and QBs coach Ken Dorsey (NFLTR).

Turner, 65, began his NFL coaching career back in 19185 with the Rams as their WRs coach. He has worked for several teams over the years including the Cowboys, Redskins, Chargers, Dolphins, Raiders, 49ers, and Browns before the Vikings hired him as their offensive coordinator back in 2014.

The Vikings ranked No. 31 in yards per game, No. 28 in points passing yards per game, No. 31 in rushing yards per game and No. 23 in points per game this season at the time he resigned in 2016.

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