UPDATE: Friday. January 11 at 10:37 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer reports that a deal between the Browns and Turner is close:
New Browns coach Rob Chudzinski is set to name Norv Turner his offensive coordinator soon, a source said, and also hire a new defensive coordinator to replace the well-liked Dick Jauron.
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Peter Schrager of Fox Sports broke the news via Twitter:
I'm hearing from a very good source that Norv Turner is, in fact, coming with Chud to CLE.— P. Schrager (@PSchrags) January 11, 2013
The Browns made big moves on Thursday, hiring Rob Chudzinski as the head coach first, and now bringing in Turner as well. The Browns had a very disappointing season this year, going 5-11 and finishing in last place in the AFC North once again.
However, the team took another step toward competing for a playoff spot by hiring Turner, who enjoyed a track record of success in San Diego by taking the Chargers to the postseason three times in his six seasons there.
The team's brightest hope for the future comes on the offensive end of things, as rookie running back Trent Richardson racked up 1,317 total yards and 12 scores on the year. And Turner will be able to help further develop him in Cleveland.
It looks like the apprentice has become the master in this case, as Turner will now be the offensive coordinator for his former understudy. The two worked together with the Chargers in 2010, when the team had the No. 1 offense in the league that year.
While the two probably won't be taking a team with Brandon Weeden under center to the playoffs any time soon, Browns fans should be excited at the prospect to having these guys coaching up Richardson and the rest of the Browns offense.
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