Offensive coordinator Norv Turner is close to reaching a deal that would make his departure from the Browns official and give him the same position with the Minnesota Vikings under new coach Mike Zimmer, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this morning, citing unnamed sources.
Turner told the Associated Press today in a phone interview that a contract with the Vikings was not finalized but “hopefully it works out.”
Turner spent the 2013 season with the Browns, but he wasn’t expected to return after owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner fired coach Rob Chudzinski on Dec. 29. The Browns went 4-12 during the first season with Turner and Chudzinski guiding the offense. They have yet to hire Chudzinski’s replacement.
Turner’s son, Scott, is expected to follow him to the Vikings and become their quarterbacks coach, Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reported today. Scott Turner, 31, spent this past season serving as the Browns’ wide receivers coach.
Norv Turner, 61, has 15 years of NFL head-coaching experience on his resume, including a six-year stint with the San Diego Chargers from 2007-12. He joined the Browns after the Chargers fired him.
Forced to use three quarterbacks because of injuries and poor performance, the Browns finished their lone season under Turner’s guidance with the NFL’s 18th-ranked offense (338.9). They ranked 11th in passing (252.5 yards per game), 27th in rushing (86.4 yards per game) and 27th in scoring (19.2 points per game).