Turner coming home again

Norv Turner is coming home again – as in back to his roots.

The Oakland Raiders announced Turner, who was the Miami Dophins offensive coordinator, as the replacement for the dismissed Bill Callahan Monday at a press conference.

Turner is from nearby Martinez, California, which is about 30 minutes North of Oakland.

"When I got off the plane, I felt like I was coming home," Turner said. "I'm excited to be a part of the Raiders and I'm excited to hear Mr. Davis talk about the things in terms of where we are going and how we're going to get there."

Turner, of course, was referring to Raiders owner Al Davis.

"Norv Turner never wore the fame colors Silver & Black nor did he ever play for the Raiders," Davis said. "But it is our hope and our conviction that had he worn those colors he would have worn them with pride, with poise and with class. He represents that."

Turner's family moved to Martinez when he was two-years old and grew up an avid Raiders fan.

"Mr. Davis may have said I didn't play for the Raiders," Turner said. "But about 30 miles over there in Martinez out in the streets I was Daryle Lamonica many times. I could throw the ball long enough to be Daryle Lamonica but when my arm got sore I was George Blanda. I grew up with the Raiders. In 1968, I saw the Raiders play the Baltimore Colts. In 1977, I sat in the end zone at the rose bowl. If Willie Brown had jumped into the stands like they do in Green Bay, he would have landed on my lap."

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