The Cleveland Browns named Norv Turner their new offensive coordinator on Thursday.
Turner, fired by the Chargers as head coach earlier this month, led San Diego to a 59-43 record in six years with three division titles. He also was head coach of the Washington Redskins (1994-2000) and Oakland Raiders (2004-05).
New Cleveland coach Rob Chudzinski expects Turner to make a big impact on that side of the ball, and the Browns can use the help. Cleveland went 5-11 last year and scored just 302 points in coach Pat Shurmur's final season.
Cleveland also added Mike Sullivan (offensive line), Scott Turner (wide receivers) and Brad Roll (strength) to the staff, and retained Chris Tabor (special teams) and George Warhop (offensive line) from last year.
"Norv has been one of the most respected offensive coaches in the NFL over the last 25-30 years, and he has had a tremendous amount of success at each one of his stops -- as a position coach, coordinator and head coach," Chudzinski said. "I was able to learn a great deal in the time that I worked for him in San Diego."
Turner's systems and strategies vary depending upon personnel, but you can expect the Browns, and running back Trent Richardson, to run the football next season. Turner's offenses have produced the NFL's leading rusher five times in the form of three players: Dallas' Emmitt Smith (1991-93), Miami's Ricky Williams (2002) and San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson (2007).
Cleveland has plenty of questions on its young offense, as Chudzinski and the new-look Browns begin the process of evaluating the talent. Quarterback Brandon Weeden threw for 3,385 yards last year in his debut season, but also threw 17 interceptions and finished with an overall rating of just 72.6.
Richardson, also a rookie last season, compiled 950 yards and 12 touchdowns, despite battling injuries. And Josh Gordon, another rookie, led the team with 805 yards receiving.
Against non-playoff teams, the Browns threw together a three-game winning from Nov. 25-Dec. 9. But they also lost their final three games, signaling the end of the Shurmur era after just two years.
Here is the official announcement from the Browns:
The Cleveland Browns today named Norv Turner as Offensive Coordinator. Turner was one of six additions to the coaching staff, which also includes Brad Roll (Strength & Conditioning), Mike Sullivan (Offensive Line) and Scott Turner (Wide Receivers). In addition, Chris Tabor (Special Teams Coordinator) and George Warhop (Offensive Line) will be retained from last year’s staff.
“I am very excited about the coaches we have been able to add to our staff thus far,” said Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski. “I have worked with Norv, Mike, Scott and Brad previously and know the quality of coaches and teachers that they are, and how much our players will benefit from their presence.
“Norv has been one of the most respected offensive coaches in the NFL over the last 25-30 years, and he has had a tremendous amount of success at each one of his stops – as a position coach, coordinator and head coach. I was able to learn a great deal in the time that I worked for him in San Diego, and I expect that having him as our offensive coordinator will make a big impact on that side of the ball.
“After sitting down and getting to know both Chris and George, I was extremely impressed with the type of coaches and men that they are. Not only was this special teams group vastly improved from the previous season, but special teams became one of the top units in the league last year. George played an integral role in helping to shape a young unit that I feel made great strides last year, and which has the potential to get even better. The continuity we have been able to create by retaining Chris and George will be big pluses in both of their respective areas.”
Norv Turner’s résumé includes 38 years of coaching experience, including 14 seasons as an NFL head coach where he won 114 regular season games. Most recently, he spent six seasons (2007-12) as the head coach of the San Diego Chargers. Turner led the Chargers to a 59-43 (.578) regular season record and won three AFC West titles (2007-09). He also served as head coach of the Washing Redskins from 1994-2000 and the Oakland Raiders from 2004-05. He had stints as offensive coordinator in San Francisco (2006), Miami (2002-03), San Diego (2001) and Dallas (1991-93). Turner’s offensive system has produced the NFL’s leading rusher five times through three different players in Emmitt Smith (1991-93), Ricky Williams (2002) and LaDainian Tomlinson (2007). While with Dallas, Turner helped the Cowboys win back-to-back Super Bowl titles following the 1992 and 1993 seasons. He broke into the NFL ranks with the Los Angeles Rams, spending his first two seasons (1985-86) as wide receivers coach before serving as wide receiver and tight ends coach (1987-90). Prior to joining the Rams, Turner spent nine seasons (1976-84) at the University of Southern California in various capacities. He helped the Trojans capture four Rose Bowls and the 1978 National Championship. A native of the Bay Area suburb of Martinez, California, Turner was a quarterback at the University of Oregon where he was a three-year letterman (1972-74). He landed his first coaching job as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 1975. Turner and his wife, Nancy, have two sons, Scott and Drew, and one daughter, Stephanie. Scott is the Browns wide receivers coach.
Roll spent 2012 as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at USC after serving 19 seasons on the professional level with the Oakland Raiders (2008-11), St. Louis Rams (2006-07), Buffalo Bills (2004-05), Miami Dolphins (1996-2003) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1993-95). He was the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Miami (Fla.) from 1989-92, where he helped the Hurricanes to two National Championships. He was at the University of Kanas for two seasons (1987-88), where he worked with the Jayhawks’ 1988 National Championship basketball team. He also spent six seasons (1981-86) at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette after beginning his coaching career at Stephen F. Austin State University in 1980. A native of Houston, Roll played center at Blinn (Texas) Junior College and Stephen F. Austin.
Sullivan re-joins the Browns staff where he served as assistant offensive line coach from 2001-04 and 2007-08. Most recently, he was the offensive line coach with the San Diego Chargers for four seasons (2009-12). He also had stints at Western Michigan University (2005-06), the University of Miami (Fla.) (2001) and various American football club teams in Germany, France and Spain (1997-2001). As a guard/center, Sullivan was a sixth-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys and went on to appear in 48 career games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1992-95). He played collegiately at the University of Miami (Fla.), where he helped the Hurricanes to National Championships in 1987 and 1989. Sullivan and his wife, Carole, have two sons, Patrick and John and a daughter, Teagan.
Scott Turner joined the professional coaching ranks in 2011 as the Carolina Panthers’ offensive quality control coach. He also spent four seasons on the college level (Pittsburgh 2008-10 and Oregon State 2005) and two years (2006-07) on the high school level. He was a three-year letterman as a quarterback at UNLV. Turner is the son of former NFL head coach and current Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner.