Norv Turner finalizing deal to become Panthers' offensive coordinator


The Turner family could be growing within the Carolina Panthers organization.

Scott Turner is reportedly headed back to the NFL. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the team does not discuss potential coaching candidates.

He'll take over for Mike Shula, whom the Panthers fired following their wild-card-round loss to the Saints.

If the 65-year-old Turner is hired, he's expected to bring in his son Scott as quarterbacks coach.

As Newton also wrote, Norv's brother Ron is now an offensive consultant with the Panthers and his nephew Cameron is the assistant QB coach. He takes over from Mike Shula, who was sacked on Tuesday.

Just this week, the NCAA allowed Division I football programs to add a 10th on-field assistant coach to their staff. MI now has nine assistant coaches on staff, pending Greg Frey's reported departure for Florida State, and just hired quarterback guru Dan Enos as wide receivers coach.

Turner, 35, took a job as an offensive analyst at MI after three seasons as quarterbacks coach with the Minnesota Vikings.

According to David Newton over at ESPN, Turner is finalizing a deal to become the Carolina Panthers' new offensive coordinator.

The Panthers' woes on offense were their Achilles' heel this season.

The Panthers hope he can revitalise their three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Cam Newton, a one-time league MVP whose play has dipped since reaching the Super Bowl three seasons ago. After short stops in Miami, Oakland and San Francisco, Turner replaced Marty Schottenheimer as head coach of the San Diego Chargers in 2007.

Former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Torry Holt praised Turner on Twitter, tweeting "get ready for Bang 8's, Deep Digs, Power Run game, and a ton of shifts on offense".