Sunday, April 22, 2018
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Turner joins Carolina kin

There will be a Turner family reunion in Charlotte, N.C.

The Panthers hired Norv Turner on Friday as their offensive coordinator to replace Mike Shula, who was fired after seven seasons with the team.

Turner, who turns 66 in May, inherits an offense that includes a unique talent in quarterback Cam Newton, versatile running back Christian McCaffrey, reliable tight end Greg Olsen and a solid offensive line. Carolina finished 12th in the league in scoring but was just 28th in passing.

Turner’s brother Ron works as Carolina’s offensive consultant, and nephew Cameron is the assistant quarterbacks coach. Turner is expected to bring his son Scott on as quarterbacks coach.

Ron Rivera worked as defensive coordinator for the elder Turner when he was the Chargers’ head coach before Rivera joined the Panthers as head coach in 2011. They have remained close friends.

"Norv has coached Hall of Famers, he’s set a lot of people on the career paths that they’ve had," Rivera said in a news release Friday. "I’m excited about his knowledge and his offensive prowess."

Turner comes to Carolina with a wealth of experience, having coached 32 seasons in the NFL, including 15 as a head coach and 11 as an offensive coordinator. As offensive coordinator for the Cowboys (1991-93), he helped the Cowboys win two Super Bowls.

He last worked with the Vikings in 2016, but that ended with Turner resigning after seven games with the offense ranked 31st in the league.

Shula, 52, played one season for the Bucs (1987) and had two stints on their coaching staff, the last coming as offensive coordinator (1996-99). He joined Carolina in 2011 and became its OC in 2013.

Also, Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis said the 2018 season will be his last. Davis, 34, was Carolina’s first-round pick in 2005 and has spent his entire career with the Panthers.

BROWN SICK, SHOULD PLAY: Receiver Antonio Brown was sent home from Steelers practice, but it wasn’t because of the calf injury he has been nursing for four weeks. Brown was a full practice participant all week, but coach Mike Tomlin said Brown fell ill, so the coach kept him away from the team two days before its division round playoff game against the Jaguars.

JAGUARS: Linebackers Telvin Smith (ankle) and Paul Posluszny (abdomen) practiced, as did cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey (Achilles) and Aaron Colvin (illness).

SAINTS: Receiver Brandon Coleman was declared out of Sunday’s game in Minnesota because of a neck injury.

VIKINGS: Coach Mike Zimmer said he hasn’t made a decision on the status of quarterback Sam Bradford, who has practiced the past two weeks in an attempt to be activated from injured reserve. Case Keenum will be the starter Sunday.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Bills fired offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. … Browns coach Hue Jackson hired former Giants receivers coach Adam Henry for the same role and former Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese to coach the quarterbacks. … The Bears hired former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio agreed to return four days after Chicago hired Matt Nagy as head coach. … The Chiefs hired Deland McCullough off the staff at USC to coach their running backs, taking the place of recently promoted assistant coach Eric Bieniemy.

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