Panthers to make Norv Turner offensive coordinator

Norv Turner expected to be named Carolina's offensive coordinator

Panthers nearing a deal with Norv Turner as offensive coordinator

The Carolina Panthers have reportedly named Norv Turner as the team's newest offensive coordinator, per Tiffany Blackmon of NFL Network. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced potential candidates for the position.

After finishing 19th in total offense for the second straight season, the Carolina Panthers made a decision to clean house on that side of the ball by firing Mike Shula and Ken Dorsey. The Panthers are also hiring Turner's son, Scott, as QBs coach.

Jordan got the last word by making the game-saving play in Sunday's 31-26 victory over the Panthers in their wild-card playoff game - plowing through two blockers to force an intentional grounding penalty (although Carolina coach Ron Rivera disagreed with the grounding call).

"I think it's just (Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and I) have different views on where the offense was going", he told ESPN at the time.

Turner, 65, never achieved prominent success in his three stints spanning three decades as head coach in the National Football League (114-122-1 career record with Washington, Oakland and San Diego). He always has spoken highly of what Turner has done for him professionally and personally. Bevell, who not long ago was getting head coaching interviews, was the Vikings' offensive coordinator from 2006 through 2010.

Scott Turner was the quality control coach at Carolina during Rivera's first two years (2011-2012).

Still, he has worked with a wide range of quarterbacks throughout his career, including Troy Aikman, Philip Rivers, Alex Smith, Sam Bradford, Brad Johnson, Teddy Bridgewater and Doug Flutie among many others.

Newton had 349 passing yards and two touchdowns in the loss to the Saints, although Jordan was big as well with a sack, two passes defended and two quarterback hits.

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