CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns named Norv Turner the team’s new offensive coordinator Thursday.
The addition of Turner, which was reported by 92.3 The Fan shortly after Rob Chudzinski was hired on Jan. 10, was 1 of 6 added to Chudzinski’s staff.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
The Browns went 9-23 in 2 years under Pat Shurmur’s west coast offense and the team scored a total of 520 points combined in those 2 seasons.
Turner has spent a total of 14 seasons as an NFL head coach where he won 114 regular season games. Most recently, he spent 6 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.
Turner, whose offensive system has produced the NFL’s leading rusher 5 times – Emmitt Smith (1991-93), Ricky Williams (2002) and LaDainian Tomlinson (2007), also had stints as offensive coordinator in San Francisco (2006), Miami (2002-03), San Diego (2001) and Dallas (1991-93).
The team also announced that they hired Brad Roll as the new strength and conditioning coach, Mike Sullivan to coach the offensive line and Scott Turner will work with the wide receivers.
“I am very excited about the coaches we have been able to add to our staff thus far,” Chudzinski said. “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.”
In addition, special teams coordinator Chris Tabor and offensive line coach George Warhop have been retained from last year’s staff.
“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,” Chudzinski said. “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.”
Roll spent the 2012 season 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).
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).
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.
Chudzinski is in the process of interviewing candidates to take over as defensive coordinator.
He will meet with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris, who spent this past season coaching the Redskins’ defensive backs, on Friday.