Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner reacts against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

AFC North: Browns to Hire Norv Turner, & Is Brandon Weeden in Future Plans?


The Cleveland Browns turned heads with their hiring of new head coach Rob Chudzinski, and he’s wasted no time in making his first big hire, as he’ll name former San Diego Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner as his offensive coordinator. The delay in announcement of the hiring is that Turner is currently out of town.

While Norv has been a major disappointment as an NFL head coach, he’s thrived in the role of OC.  Turner was the offensive coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys on Jimmy Johnson’s staff when Dallas won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993. He also been admirable jobs as an OC with the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers. His best attribute was helping under-performing QBs like Alex Smith play above to their potential, and he’ll be tasked with doing the same with Brandon Weeden.

That is, assuming he’s the starting QB after Chudzinski was noncommittal at his introductory press conference Friday when asked whether Weeden would be the Browns’ starting QB in 2013.

It’s also worth noting that Turner has coached the most games in NFL history among head coaches with an overall losing record.


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