ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins will have a new offensive coordinator — and it’s a familiar name for the franchise. New Redskins coach Ron Rivera will hire Scott Turner, son of former Washington coach Norv Turner, to be in charge of the offense, a source confirmed.
SI.com first reported Scott Turner’s hiring.
Kevin O’Connell, who was the offensive coordinator last season, remains under contract but has been told he’s free to pursue other opportunities, a source said. He had interviewed twice with Rivera about remaining as the offensive coordinator.
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Scott Turner is following former Panthers coach Ron Rivera to Washington, where Turner’s father was once the team’s head coach. Jeremy Brevard/USA TODAY Sports
Turner will have the coordinator title for the first time in his career. He did serve in that role for the last four games this season with Carolina — after Rivera had been fired. Turner was Rivera’s quarterbacks coach in 2018 and ’19 and was a quality control coach under him in 2011 and ’12. Turner also coached receivers for one year in Cleveland and the quarterbacks for three years in Minnesota.
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Turner will be entrusted with developing quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., who just completed his rookie year.
Turner’s father, Norv, coached the Redskins from 1994-2000. Owner Dan Snyder fired him with three games left, one year after leading the Redskins to a division title.
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O’Connell helped Haskins improve late in the season, taking a more active role in his development. In the last two games Haskins played, he had a 72.9 Total QBR and a passer rating of 131.3.
Because O’Connell remains under contract, the Redskins would have to grant permission for him to interview with another team. He coached the quarterbacks for two years before being named the coordinator for 2019. He did not call plays until after coach Jay Gruden was fired following an 0-5 start.
The Cleveland Browns — the only team still looking for a head coach — have more interviews lined up for this week and want to have a deal in place by Saturday, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.
The Browns, who fired Freddie Kitchens after just one season, are in the second week of interviews and already met with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman and 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.
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Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is scheduled to interview for the opening on Wednesday and will be followed by Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski on Thursday and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Friday.
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Stefanski was a finalist for Cleveland’s job a year ago. He has a busy week, with the Vikings preparing to play San Francisco on Saturday in the second round of the playoffs.
All of those interviews could be moved up now, after sources told ESPN that the Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with Baylor coach Matt Rhule and the Giants decided on Patriots special teams and wide receivers coach Joe Judge on Tuesday.
Cleveland’s choices shrunk considerably over the past 24 hours after Mike McCarthy, the first candidate to interview with the Browns, was hired by the Dallas Cowboys. The former Packers coach was believed to be at or near the top of the wish list for Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam.
McDaniels, too, has long been considered a favorite of Haslam, who has asked Cleveland’s fan base for patience. This is Haslam’s sixth coaching search since he and his wife, Dee, bought the franchise from Randy Lerner in 2012.
McDaniels, 44, may be itching for a second shot at head coaching after a failed run with the Denver Broncos in 2009 and 2010. McDaniels went 11-17 before being fired, and it was a humbling experience for the highly regarded coordinator, who has spent the past eight seasons running Bill Belichick’s offense and working with quarterback Tom Brady.
Haslam wants to hire a coach before turning his attention to finding a new general manager after John Dorsey’s sudden departure after two seasons. Haslam said his new coach will have major input into the hiring of the next GM.