According to David Newton over at ESPN, Turner is finalizing a deal to become the Carolina Panthers' new offensive coordinator. He takes over from Mike Shula, who was sacked on Tuesday. This is Turner's first coaching job since abruptly resigning as the Vikings' offensive coordinator last season. Breer adds the Panthers have also reached an agreement with Turner's son Scott to make him the team's next quarterbacks coach. Scott Turner is an offensive analyst at the University of MI and previously worked for the Panthers as an offensive quality control coordinator from 2011-12.
"I came to the conclusion going forward the thing we needed to do was bring in a different perspective, different ideas in terms of going forward to what I believe is our ultimate goal, and that is winning a Super Bowl, " Rivera said after firing Shula and Dorsey. "There's room for growth, and he showed some growth this year and made some big steps".
Turner, 65, never achieved prominent success in his three stints spanning three decades as head coach in the National Football League (114-122-1 career record with Washington, Oakland and San Diego). The Vikings had lost two in a row to fall to 5-2 on the season and had just lost a game in Chicago when Turner resigned.
Scott Turner was an offensive analyst for the Michigan Wolverines in 2017.
Still, he has worked with a wide range of quarterbacks throughout his career, including Troy Aikman, Philip Rivers, Alex Smith, Sam Bradford, Brad Johnson, Teddy Bridgewater and Doug Flutie among many others. Newton, 28, is coming off his worst two seasons in terms of passer rating. Barring a snag, a formal announcement is expected over the next couple of days.