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Browns name Norv Turner offensive coordinator, secure 5 other assistant coaches

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 17, 2013

As expected, the Browns named former San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner their offensive coordinator, the team announced today.

The Browns also hired Scott Turner, Norv’s son, as a wide receivers coach, Mike Sullivan as an offensive line coach and Brad Roll as a strength and conditioning coach.

They also retained special-teams coordinator Chris Tabor and offensive line coach George Warhop, both of whom were assistants for coach Pat Shurmur, who was fired Dec. 31. The Browns hired Rob Chudzinski on Jan. 10 to replace Shurmur as coach.

Norv Turner’s resume is highlighted by 14 seasons as an NFL head coach, including the past six with the Chargers. He was fired Dec. 31.

Chudzinski, who spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, served as Norv Turner’s assistant head coach/tight ends coach in San Diego from 2009-10. Scott Turner was Chudzinski’s right-hand man the past two years as an offensive quality control coach for the Panthers.

“I am very excited about the coaches we have been able to add to our staff thus far,” Chudzinski said in a statement. “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.”

Chudzinski called the plays the past two years for the Panthers, but he said Friday during his introductory news conference he would be willing to relinquish those duties.

“If I’m comfortable with the offensive coordinator doing that, he’ll do it,” Chudzinski said.

Tabor has been the Browns’ special-teams coordinator for the past two seasons. Warhop has been with the Browns since 2009. This is the second coaching change he has survived.

“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,” Chudzinski said. “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.”

Sullivan re-joins the Browns. He served as assistant offensive line coach in Cleveland from 2001-04 and 2007-08. He was the offensive line coach with the Chargers for four seasons (2009-12).

Roll spent last season as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at USC after serving 19 seasons on the professional level with the Oakland Raiders (2008-11), St. Louis Rams (2006-07), Buffalo Bills (2004-05), Miami Dolphins (1996-2003) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1993-95). He was the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Miami from 1989-92.

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