Offensive coordinator Norv Turner has made his anticipated departure from the Browns by striking a deal to take the same job with the Minnesota Vikings, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported this evening.
Turner, 61, 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, who went 4-12, have yet to hire Chudzinski’s replacement.
Turner’s son, Scott, is expected to follow him to the Vikings and become quarterbacks coach, Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reported Thursday. Scott Turner, 31, spent this past season serving as the Browns’ wide receivers coach.
Forced to use three quarterbacks because of injuries and poor performance, the Browns finished their lone season under Norv 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).
Turner 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.
Two other assistant coaches left the Browns today for other jobs. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton accepted an offer to join the Tennessee Titans in the same capacity after spending this past season with the Browns, according to reports. And the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced they’ve hired George Warhop, who had been with the Browns since 2009, as their new offensive line coach.