Panthers hire Turner as offensive coordinator

The Carolina Panthers hired Norv Turner on Friday as their new offensive coordinator to replace Mike Shula, who was fired earlier in the week after seven seasons with the team.

 

Turner, 65 inherits an offense that includes a unique talent in quarterback Cam Newton, versatile running back Christian McCaffrey, reliable tight end Greg Olsen and a solid offensive line. However, while the Panthers finished 12th in the league scoring in 2017, they were just 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.

Ron Rivera worked as defensive coordinator for Turner when he was the head coach of the San Diego Chargers before Rivera joined the Panthers as head coach in 2011. They have remained close friends.

Georgia: Defensive tackle Trenton Thompson is giving up his final college season in Athens to enter the NFL Draft.

The junior

started three games this season and tied for ninth on the team with 38 tackles during a season in which he missed two games with a sprained knee ligament.

He had three tackles including a half tackle for loss in the national title game loss to Alabama and finished this season with three and a half tackles for loss and no sacks.

Thompson is the first Georgia underclassmen to publicly declare for the draft.

Bills: Fired offensive coordinator Rick Dennison after the team finished 29th in offense this season.

Steelers: Wide receiver Antonio Brown, who is nursing a calf injury, was sent home from practice Friday

Vikings: Coach Mike Zimmer says he hasn’t made a decision regarding the status of quarterback Sam Bradford, who has practiced the last two weeks in an attempt to be activated from the injured reserve list.

 

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