Redskins: Five reasons to be optimistic about the Scott Turner hire
By Ian Cummings
No. 5 – Scott Turner is Norv Turner’s son
You remember Norv Turner? Oh, who am I kidding; of course you do.
Norv Turner, the Super Bowl-winning offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, turned head coach of the Washington Redskins from 1994 to 2000. Norv Turner, the offensive-minded head coach who led the Redskins to a playoff win in 1999, before being canned by Dan Snyder with three games left in the 2000 season.
Whatever flaws Turner might have had as a head coach (he has a respectable track record there), those flaws are mitigated in the offensive coordinator role, where Turner has been since 2013. In 2013, he was the OC of the Cleveland Browns. From 2014 to 2016, he was the Vikings OC. And from 2018 through 2019, he was the OC of the Carolina Panthers.
Why am I telling you this? Because, I don’t know if you’ve noticed the eerie similarity in last names, but Scott Turner is in fact Norv Turner’s son. Scott Turner was on staff with the elder Turner in Cleveland, Minnesota, and Carolina, and now, he’s finally getting his own premier role in Washington.
Scott Turner is likely to have learned a lot from Norv Turner, who did a great job adjusting to the times in Carolina. The elder Turner, who has roots in an older NFL era, was willing to adapt and employ modern concepts, and that kind of philosophical open-mindedness and creativity is something that should subsequently be in Scott Turner’s roots. As they say, it’s in the DNA.