Panthers hire Norv Turner as new offensive coordinator

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2015, file photo, then-Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner watches the team warm up before a preseason NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas. A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers are interviewing Norv Turner for their vacant offensive coordinator position. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, on condition of anonymity because the team does not discuss potential coaching candidates. The Panthers fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey Tuesday, two days after a playoff loss to the Saints. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

The Panthers have hired Norv Turner as their new offensive coordinator.

Turner, 65, replaces Mike Shula, who was fired earlier this week after seven seasons with Carolina, including five as offensive coordinator.

Turner inherits an offense that includes 2015 league MVP Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey and Greg Olsen. The Panthers finished 12th in the league scoring in 2017, but ranked 28th in passing.

He's the latest member of the Turner family to join the Panthers.

His brother, Ron Turner, works as the team's offensive consultant and nephew Cameron is the assistant quarterbacks coach. Turner is expected to bring son Scott Turner on as quarterbacks coach.

Turner was head coach in San Diego from 2007-12, during which time current Panthers coach Ron Rivera worked as the Chargers defensive coordinator.


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