Panthers hire Norv Turner as new offensive co-ordinator

Panthers hire Norv Turner as new offensive co-ordinator

Panthers hire Norv Turner as new offensive co-ordinator

Turner, 65, stepped down as the Vikings' offensive coordinator in early November 2016.

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

Carolina are the seventh team to hire Turner as head of their offense, the last being the Minnesota Vikings from 2014-16. Turner takes over for Mike Shula, who was sacked Tuesday.

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Cam Newton will have a new voice in his ear in 2018.

He will replace the recently fired Mike Shula in that role.

His son Scott is expected to join him in Charlotte as quarterbacks coach, according to the report. Turner was sacked following the 2012 season after the Chargers failed to make the playoffs for a third straight year.

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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. 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).

The Kansas City Chiefs, meanwhile, promoted running backs coach Eric Bieniemy to offensive coordinator after Matt Nagy was hired Monday as coach of the Chicago Bears. Carolina went 11-5 and lost to New Orleans on Sunday in an NFC wild-card game.

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

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"(I) came to the conclusion that, going forward, I believed that the thing we needed to do was bring in a different perspective, different ideas, in terms of going forward to what I believe is our ultimate goal (of) winning a Super Bowl", Rivera told reporters on Tuesday. Turner was the head coach from 2007-2012 and Rivera served as the linebackers coach in 2007 and defensive coordinator from 2008-2010 before joining the Panthers.

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