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Browns hire Norv Turner as offensive coordinator

1:16 PM, Jan 17, 2013   |    comments
Norv Turner. Photo by Harry How, Getty Images.
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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns have hired Norv Turner as their new offensive coordinator.

Turner has 38 years of coaching experience, including 14 seasons as an NFL head coach where he won 114 regular season games.

He was fired earlier this month after spending six seasons as head coach of the San Diego Charges. Previously, Turner was head coach of the Washington Redskins (1994-2000) and the Oakland Raiders (2004-2005).

Turner's offensive system has produced the NFL's leading rusher five times through three different players in Emmitt Smith (1991-1993), Ricky Williams (2002) and LaDainian Tomlinson (2007).

While with Dallas, Turner helped the Cowboys win back-to-back Super Bowl titles following the 1992 and 1993 seasons. He broke into the NFL ranks with the Los Angeles Rams, spending his first two seasons (1985-1986) as wide receivers coach before serving as wide receiver and tight ends coach (1987-1990).

Prior to joining the Rams, Turner spent nine seasons (1976-1984) at the University of Southern California in various capacities. He helped the Trojans capture four Rose Bowls and the 1978 National Championship.

A native of the Bay Area suburb of Martinez, California, Turner was a quarterback at the University of Oregon where he was a three-year letterman (1972-1974). He landed his first coaching job as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 1975.

Turner was just one of several additions to the coaching staff, which were all announced Thursday.

Also joining the team are Brad Roll (strength and condition), Mike Sullivan (offensive line) and Scott Turner (wide receivers), Norv Turner's son.

Most recently, Roll spent 2012 as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at USC after serving 19 seasons on the professional level with the Oakland Raiders (2008-2011), St. Louis Rams (2006-2007), Buffalo Bills (2004-2005), Miami Dolphins (1996-2003) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1993-1995).

Roll also was the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Miami from 1989-1992 where he helped the Hurricanes to two national championships.

Sullivan re-joins the Browns staff where he served as assistant offensive line coach from 2001-2004 and 2007-2008. Most recently, he was the offensive line coach with the San Diego Chargers for four seasons (2009-2012). He also had stints at Western Michigan University (2005-2006), the University of Miami (Fla.) (2001) and various American football club teams in Germany, France and Spain (1997-2001).

As a guard/center, Sullivan was a sixth-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys and went on to appear in 48 career games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1992-1995). He played collegiately at the University of Miami , where he helped the Hurricanes to National Championships in 1987 and 1989.

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 2008-2010 and Oregon State 2005) and two years (2006-2007) on the high school level. He was a three-year letterman as a quarterback at UNLV. Turner is the son of former NFL head coach and current Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

Chris Tabor (special teams coordinator) and George Warhop (offensive line) will be retained from last year's staff.

New Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski issued this statement after Thursday's announcement:

"I am very excited about the coaches we have been able to add to our staff thus far," said Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski. "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.

"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.  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.

"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. 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."

 

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