Commanders OC Scott Turner named as one of the young NFL coaches to watch




 

Every football fan seems to hate the offensive coordinator. If a team struggles to score, or a quarterback throws an interception or fails to score in the red zone, it's always the offensive coordinator's fault.

And, to a degree, some of that is true. After all, the offensive coordinator is responsible for a team's offensive performance. But if you spend time on Twitter or at a sports bar, you will find someone complaining about an offensive coordinator.

Such is the case with the Washington Commanders and offensive coordinator Scott Turner. Turner, the son of former Washington head coach Norv Turner, has been criticized by fans throughout his three-year tenure. While Turner has made some head-scratching decisions at time, so has Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay in the past. No, I'm not comparing Turner to Shanahan or McVay, but you get the point.

Consider how many quarterbacks Turner has coached in three seasons. And the Commanders still don't have a long-term answer at the position, yet Washington has won five of its past six games and is firmly in the playoff mix at 6-5.

Some credit must go to Turner, right?

Well, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL.com, Turner is one of several young assistants [under 45] the NFL is closely monitoring for the next round of the interview process in the offseason.

Here's what Pelissero said of Turner, based on conversations with "NFL executives, coaches and others close to the search process."

The Commanders had three other assistants in the category of others to watch in future years:

  • Secondary coach Chris Harris [40]

  • Wide receivers coach Drew Terrell [31]

  • Assistant QB coach Luke Del Rio [28]

Harris has received some attention for defensive coordinator positions over the last two offseasons and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him land a promotion in the offseason.

Story originally appeared on Commanders Wire

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