SOURCE: Redskins offer Scott Turner offensive coordinator position

Chris Lingebach
January 07, 2020 - 12:26 pm

The Redskins are offering former Panthers offensive coordinator Scott Turner the same position in Washington, a source tells Eric Bickel of The Sports Junkies.

Turner, 37, is the son of former Redskins head coach Norv Turner (1994-2000) and has had two stints in Carolina, the most recent beginning when he joined Ron Rivera's staff as a quarterbacks coach in 2018, a position he held up until Rivera's Dec. 3. firing, at which point he was promoted to offensive coordinator. Norv Turner was given the new title of special assistant to interim head coach Perry Fewell.

Turner got his NFL start as an offensive assistant for the Pittsburgh Steelers (2008-09) and was later promoted to be their wide receivers coach (2010). He joined the Panthers as an offensive quality control coordinator in 2011, a position he held until leaving to be a wide receivers coach for the Browns in 2013).

He later served as quarterbacks coach for the Vikings (2014-16) before joining the college ranks for one season as an offensive analyst under Jim Harbaugh at Michigan (2017).

Rivera has been quietly assembling his new coaching staff in Washington since being hired by the Redskins one week ago. Kevin O'Connell, who'd been with the Redskins since 2017 and was promoted to offensive coordinator ahead of the 2019 season, was considered a top candidate for the job and interviewed for it with Rivera last week.

Former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was another potential candidate for the position, although we only know that his name was in the mix, not that consideration for Shurmur ever rose to him being brought in for an interview.

First-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins showed his biggest growth this season after O'Connell took over play-calling duties. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, O'Connell has since been given permission to speak with other teams about potential offensive coordinator openings.

Turner was local to Northern Virginia during his father's employment here and played quarterback at Oakton High School. He later received his first head coaching job at South County High School (Lorton, Va.) in 2006-07.