The Washington Football Team have named Scott Turner as their new offensive coordinator. Turner served in the same role on an interim basis with Carolina last season, after Washington’s new head coach Ron Rivera was fired. The team also announced that it is retaining Nate Kaczor as special teams coordinator.
Turner is the son of former Washington Football Team head coach Norv Turner and became the primary play-caller for the Panthers in their last four games of 2019. He had been Carolina’s quarterbacks coach since the 2018 season and served in the same role with the Minnesota Vikings from 2014-2016. Turner’s offense averaged 15 points and 343.5 yards per game last season.
This move also signals the end of Kevin O’Connell’s time in Washington. The former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach had been with the team since 2017. O’Connell and rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins seemed to hit their stride late in the 2019 season with Haskins showing mounting improvement in each game.
The 37-year-old Turner’s challenge is to build a rapport with and help continue the development of Haskins in his sophomore season. Although this is Turner’s first full-time OC job, he did enough in his small sample to impress Rivera, who described his new latest hire as being on the verge.
“Scotty, he’s on the edge he’s on the precipice, he’s ready,” the then recently fired Rivera told Panther’s owner Dave Tepper, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Kaczor will be entering his second season as the Washington Football Team special teams coordinator. The overall unit showed noticeable improvement with him at the helm last season and was capped off with punter Tress Way earning his first Pro Bowl selection, as well as being named to the AP All-Pro second team.
Before arriving in Washington, Kaczor was the special teams coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2016-2018. He also held various coaching positions with the Tennesee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars before that.