The Cleveland Browns had a head coach who cuts his teeth on the offensive side of the ball this season in Rob Chudzinski, and they also had a strong offensive coordinator in Norv Turner. With Chudzinski fired, the Browns are looking for their next head coach, and Josh McDaniels appears to be the front-runner. The Browns have requested an interview with McDaniels, and the Browns are not expected to retain Turner, since the candidates they are looking at are mostly play-callers who have a background coaching offenses.
Yesterday, CBS Sports’s Jason La Canfora reported that Norv Turner “will very likely” be fired as the team’s offensive coordinator, because the Browns are going after play-callers and offensive coordinators to be their next head coach. Turner would simply interfere with the guys they are currently looking at, and La Canfora named McDaniels and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase as two coaches the Browns are targeting as play-callers etc.
It makes a whole lot of sense to fire Turner, but he should be able to latch on with another team quickly. Turner definitely isn’t head coaching material, but he’s a strong offensive coordinator who would greatly help out a team that hires a defensive-minded head coach. Even though the Browns are expected to allow their new head coach to keep any assistants they wish to keep (defensive coordinator Ray Horton is top-notch), it sounds like it would be a surprise for Turner to keep his job as the OC.