Turner's turn

Now that Dallas assistant coach Sean Payton is out of the mix to be the Oakland Raiders head coach, Oakland has turned its attention to Miami offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

Turner, who is the former head coach of the Washington Redskins, is scheduled to meet Friday with Raiders owner Al Davis to discuss the team's head-coaching vacancy.

The Raiders might also consider New England Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel for the job. League rules, however, prohibit the team from even contacting the respective coaches agents until after the conclusion of Super Bowl. The Patroits are currently preparing for their Super Bowl matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

The 51-year old Turner had less-than-smashing success in his seven seasons (1994-2000) as head coach of the Redskins, where he compiled a record of 49-59-1. Turner, however, comes highly regarded as an offensive mind.

As an assistant with the then Los Angles Rams, wide receiver Henry Ellard reached an NFL-high receiving mark of 1,141 yards in 1988 and 1,362 yards in 1989 during Turner's time as receivers and tight ends coach. As the Cowboys' offensive coordinator from 1991-93, he helped Emmitt Smith lead the NFL in rushing all three seasons – two of which were Super Bowl seasons.

The past two seasons in Miami, Turner's scheme allowed running back Ricky Williams to have two of the most prolific rushing seasons in franchise history.


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