CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - There will be a Turner family reunion in Charlotte. But he said in June at an NFL coaching clinic that he wanted to get back into the league and that he had been ed by several coaches about opportunities. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the team does not discuss potential coaching candidates.
Shula was sacked on Tuesday, along with quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey.
After days of speculation, rumors and all-but-confirmed reports, the Carolina Panthers have officially named Norv Turner their new offensive coordinator, replacing Mike Shula. Carolina were ranked 19th in total offense (323.7 yards per game), 28th in passing (192.3 per game) and 12th in points per game (22.7).
Cam Newton will have a new voice in his ear in 2018.
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As Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Tuesday, Turner was head coach Ron Rivera's initial target when he chose to fire previous coordinator Mike Shula. The Panthers are the seventh team to tab Turner as head of the offense, the last being the Minnesota Vikings from 2014-16.
Former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Torry Holt praised Turner on Twitter, tweeting "get ready for Bang 8's, Deep Digs, Power Run game, and a ton of shifts on offense". But he has remained a respected offensive coordinator since helping the Dallas Cowboys to back-to-back Super Bowl titles in 1992-93.
"Nov has coached Hall of Famers, he's set a lot of people on the career paths that they've had", said head coach Ron Rivera. Newton has never had a completion percentage higher than 61.7 and that came in 2013 - his only season above 60 percent.
But the Vikings ranked just 27th and 29th in the National Football League in total yards in Turner's first two years and 20th and 16th in scoring, with a rushing title for Adrian Peterson in 2015 the most notable accomplishment.
"He loves pushing the ball down the field, heavy play action", Bridgewater said.