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Norv Turner agrees to become Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator

Norv Turner agrees to become Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator

The Panthers made official Friday morning what seemed like a done deal all along, naming Turner the successor to Mike Shula as offensive coordinator.

Turner, 65, was away from coaching this past season after spending the last four decades coaching in either college or the NFL.

The Panthers on Tuesday fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey.

Norv Turner is back in the National Football League - and back with Panthers coach Ron Rivera.

"Truthfully, the offense we've run was basically born from what Norv has been doing for years", Rivera said from his office Thursday night per the team's official website. "I'm excited about his knowledge and his offensive prowess".

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His son, Scott, who was on Jim Harbaugh's staff at MI this past season after working with his dad in Minnesota, will serve as Cam Newton's position coach, a source told ESPN.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera developed a relationship with Turner in San Diego, where he worked as Turner's defensive coordinator from 2008-10 before leaving to take the head coaching job in Charlotte.

It will be a huge family reunion, as Turner's brother, Ron, already is an offensive consultant for the Panthers, and his nephew Cameron is the assistant quarterbacks coach.

Still, he has worked with a wide range of quarterbacks throughout his career, including Troy Aikman, Philip Rivers, Alex Smith, Sam Bradford, Brad Johnson, Teddy Bridgewater and Doug Flutie among many others. Shula was Carolina's quarterbacks coach when Newton was selected with the top pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2013.

Scott Turner is reportedly headed back to the NFL. The Panthers ranked 28th in passing this season as Newton completed 59.1 percent of his passes for 3,302 yards with 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.


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