Turner had been the head coach of the San Diego Chargers since 2007 and, up until his firing after the 2012 season, put together some impressive offenses. The overall mediocrity of the Chargers in the past few seasons overshadows the fact that the Browns now have an offensive coordinator with a lot of experience and plenty of past success.
Plus, Chudzinski worked with Turner in San Diego, making this an even easier transition.
“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,” Chudzinski said in a statement.
“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.” (Source: USA TODAY)
The addition of a seasoned coach like Turner certainly makes Chudzinski’s hiring much more understandable. A first-year coach with as many question marks surrounding him as Chudzinski has needs this kind of influence around him in the locker room. Think of what it did to the defense to have Dick Jauron around.
The offense is still in need of an overhaul, and with Turner now helping the cause, there is reason to be cautiously optimistic (hey, it’s a start) for the 2013 season.