Turner Eliminated from Consideration

February 5 – Offensive coordinator Norv Turner agreed to sign with the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday, which officially eliminates him as a candidate for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coaching position.

Tampa Bay general manager Rich McKay interviewed offensive coordinator Norv Turner for their head coaching vacancy last week, but the ex-Chargers offensive guru agreed to join the Miami Dolphins as their new offensive coordinator on Tuesday, which eliminates him from consideration.

Turner is now reunited with Dolphins head coach Dave Wannsted. The two worked together as coordinators in Dallas under former Dallas head coach Jimmy Johnson. The offensive coordinator position with the Dolphins opened up when coordinator Chan Gailey became head coach at Georgia Tech.

Turner, 49, was hired by San Diego in Jan. of 1999 to run the Chargers' offense. Turner is regarded as one of best offensive minds to coach in the National Football League. In just one season with the Chargers, Turner helped San Diego's offense finish the 2001 season ranked 11th overall in the league (20th rushing offense, 11th passing offense).

Turner spent nearly seven seasons as a head coach for the Washington Redskins, and compiled a combined record of 50-60-1 before owner Daniel Snyder fired him.

Tampa Bay appears to have narrowed their coaching candidates to just two. Tampa Bay has reportedly offered Oakland owner Al Davis a package of draft picks for the rights to speak with Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, and a deadline of Wednesday has been set for Davis to accept the offer. If Davis does not accept Tampa Bay's offer, the Buccaneers are expected to hire Baltimore defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis as their head coach.


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