Pan­thers hire Turner as of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor

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There will be a Turner fam­ily re­u­nion in Char­lotte.

The Carolina Pan­thers hired Norv Turner on Fri­day as their new of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor to re­place Mike Shula, who was fired ear­lier in the week af­ter seven sea­sons with the team.

Turner, 65 in­her­its an of­fense that in­cludes a unique tal­ent in quar­ter­back Cam New­ton, ver­sa­tile run­ning back Chris­tian McCaf­frey, re­li­able tight end Greg Olsen and a solid of­fen­sive line. How­ever, while the Pan­thers fin­ished 12th in the league scor­ing in 2017, they were just 28th in pass­ing.

He’s the lat­est mem­ber of the Turner fam­ily to join the Pan­thers.

His brother, Ron Turner, works as the team’s of­fen­sive con­sul­tant and nephew Cameron is the as­sis­tant quar­ter­backs coach. Turner is ex­pected to bring son Scott Turner on as quar­ter­backs coach.

Ron Rivera worked as de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor for Turner when he was the head coach of the San Diego Charg­ers be­fore Rivera joined the Pan­thers as head coach in 2011. They have re­mained close friends.

“Norv has coached Hall of Famers, he’s set a lot of peo­ple on the ca­reer paths that they’ve had,” Rivera said in a news re­lease Fri­day. “I’m ex­cited about his knowl­edge and his of­fen­sive prow­ess. It’s go­ing to be in­valu­able to us have him eval­u­ate our per­son­nel and help take our quar­ter­back to an­other level.”

Turner comes to Carolina with a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence, hav­ing coached 32 sea­sons in the NFL, in­clud­ing 15 sea­sons as a head coach and 11 as an of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor. As of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor for the Dal­las Cow­boys (1991-93), he helped the Cow­boys win two Su­per Bowls.

He last worked with the Min­nesota Vik­ings in 2016, but that ended abruptly with Turner re­sign­ing af­ter seven games with the of­fense ranked 31st in the league.

SAINTS: New Or­leans Saints re­ceiver Bran­don Cole­man has been de­clared out of Sun­day’s divi­sional-round play­off game in Min­nesota.

Cole­man has not prac­ticed this week be­cause of a neck in­jury.

Cole­man played in the wild­card round against Carolina, catch­ing four passes for 44 yards last Sun­day.

Cole­man had 23 catches dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son for 364 yards and three touch­downs.

JAGUARS: The Jack­sonville Jaguars are about as healthy as they could have hoped head­ing into the divi­sional round of the AFC play­offs.

Lineback­ers Telvin Smith (an­kle) and Paul Posluszny (ab­domen) prac­ticed in full Fri­day. So did cor­ner­backs Jalen Ram­sey (Achilles) and Aaron Colvin (ill­ness).

The Jaguars (11-6) have got­ten healthy enough that they could have the same 22 starters they had in early Septem­ber when they play at Pitts­burgh (13-3) on Sun­day.

Backup re­ceiver/punt re­turner Jay­don Mick­ens (ham­string) and re­serve line­backer Blair Brown (an­kle) were the only play­ers listed as ques­tion­able for the game. Both prac­ticed on a lim­ited ba­sis Fri­day.

AP file photo

Norv Turner joins brother Ron and nephew Cameron on the Carolina Pan­thers’ coach­ing staff.

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