April 19, 2014

Norv Turner likely to jump to Minnesota

Norv Turner Press ConferenceBrowns offensive coordinator Norv Turner is close to a deal to take the same job with the Minnesota Vikings.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news earlier on Thursday morning. The connection had been rumored yesterday when Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer took the job in Minnesota, leaving the Browns as the final vacancy in the NFL.

Turner, 61, only spent one season in Cleveland after six years as the head coach in San Diego. The Browns offense finished the season No. 27 in scoring (19.3 per game) but No. 18 in yards per game (338.9). They were the second-most pass-happiest team in the league, throwing on 67.7% of offensive plays.

Overall, I don’t think that Turner had a bad season with the team. For goodness sake, he was working with Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell at quarterback for the bulk of the season. He had a sub-par assortment of runners. New defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who also had interviewed in Minnesota, was perhaps the bigger disappointment.

The long-time NFL veteran Turner was well-respected by players, according to the usual reports. It’s kind of a bummer that he’s leaving so easily. Now, it’ll be fascinating to see where the Browns eventually head not only in terms of a head coach, but also for their future offensive coordinator.

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Mike Zimmer joins Minnesota; Browns left as only opening

zimmerThe Minnesota Vikings have hired Mike Zimmer as their new head coach, leaving the Cleveland Browns as the only head coaching vacancy in the NFL.

Zimmer, 57, is the six-year Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator. He also spent seven years as the coordinator in Dallas and one in Atlanta. He previously has 15 years of college coaching experience on his resume.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen first reported shortly after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday that the two sides were nearing a deal, as had been expected over the past few weeks. Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton was once interviewed, but was not seen as a finalist.

The hiring is being viewed favorably, as Zimmer is a very experienced candidate who had been passed over in several previous searches. Just after the hiring was making the rounds on Twitter, ESPN’s Adam Schefter added this nugget of information:

https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/423484599990095873

That would just add a bit more to the angst of Browns fans, even with owner Jimmy Haslam’s letter that he sent out earlier on Wednesday. Turner, 61, only has spent one season with the Browns after coaching San Diego for six years.

On Tuesday, Todd Bowles reportedly removed his name from the Browns search and Ben McAdoo joined the Giants as their offensive coordinator. That leaves Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and former Tennessee head coach Mike Munchak as the only two available interviewed candidates remaining.

The Browns appear to have their eyes set on young Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. But since he’s declined to do interviews until his season ends, we could be in for a few more weeks of waiting. But now that every other job is filled, there likely will be much less news to share.

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NFL News: Bengals DC Mike Zimmer to interview with Browns

FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer is reporting this morning that the Browns will be interviewing Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer today for their head coaching position.

 The Bengals ranked sixth in total defense this season in yards allowed and eighth in points allowed per game. They finished 10-6 and were eliminated from the playoffs last week by the Texans. They won seven of their final eight regular season games.

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