Commanders Fire OC Scott Turner

Washington Commanders DC Scott Turner
Washington Commanders DC Scott Turner
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NFL Week 18 - The Washington Commanders have fired offensive coordinator Scott Turner. Washington finished 28th in offensive DVOA en route to an 8-8-1 finish. 

Turner served as a quarterbacks coach under Ron Rivera in Carolina, serving as offensive coordinator for four games after Rivera's termination before being hired as Washington's offensive coordinator in 2020. In three years under Turner, Washington never finished higher than 21st in offensive DVOA.

Turner's tenure was also full of offensive turnover, specifically at the quarterback position. Between 2020 and 2022, eight different quarterbacks started games in Turner's offense. No quarterback over that span started the first and last game of a season. 

Prior to his role as an NFL offensive coordinator, Turner served as a positional coach for the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns. 


10 comments, Last at 12 Jan 2023, 1:46pm

#1 by MJK // Jan 10, 2023 - 6:24pm

As a Patriots fan, I see all these teams firing their offensive staff (Arizona, Tennessee, and now Washington), and can't help but think "Wow, as bad as these guys are, any one of them would have been an upgrade over Patricia/Judge..."


Points: 8

#2 by dmb // Jan 10, 2023 - 6:55pm

Turner brought some clever play designs to the table, but struggled a bit as a playcaller. I know everyone thinks they could do better at calling plays than the bums on TV, but in Turner's case he was noticeably bad at sequencing: rather than early plays setting up the defense for later concepts, Turner would call a bunch of stuff that's fine in isolation but never added up to a cohesive strategy.

He had three years and never produced great results so I think the firing is justified, but given the QBs he's had, if he grows as a playcaller I wouldn't be shocked if he succeeded elsewhere.

Points: 1

#3 by morganja // Jan 10, 2023 - 8:17pm

I hope they make a run at Patricia. They need a real OC with long, offensive experience.

Points: 4

#4 by andrew // Jan 11, 2023 - 9:14am

Many of his previous stints were working for his father, Norv, at both Cleveland and Minnesota.   There's a lot of this in the NFL coaching ranks it seems. 

Points: 1

#5 by jackiel // Jan 11, 2023 - 9:42am

Yes, it should be obvious by now that cronyism and nepotism are often key reasons why someone gets a coaching job in the NFL.  I wish more fans realized this when cheering for their teams.  Many NFL coaches aren't in their roles because they are the most qualified people for their jobs.  They are there because they know somebody.  The natural conclusion to this phenomenon is that the organization isn't as committed to winning as much as people think.  

Points: 1

#6 by Will Allen // Jan 11, 2023 - 10:25am

I think the league would do itself a favor if it instituted a rule prohibiting children of the head coach from being on the staff. Of course, it may raise some uncomfortable questions about the owner's idiot children.....

Points: 1

#7 by Aaron Brooks G… // Jan 11, 2023 - 11:22am

Look, the most valuable decision any owner or professional leader can make is correctly choosing their parents.

Points: 6

#8 by Ben // Jan 11, 2023 - 12:26pm

We tell our kids all the time that they should have chosen better parents when they complain about something. 

Points: 2

#9 by Mike B. In Va // Jan 12, 2023 - 12:59pm

I would say this goes far beyond football.

Points: 0

#10 by solarexsolarah // Jan 12, 2023 - 1:46pm

If only the 49ers and Rams had known this before, they never would have hired those hacks Shannahan and McVay

Points: 0

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