Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/4/13
I never thought I’d see Ron Turner trending nationally on Twitter. I guess the Mayans were off by a couple weeks on that whole apocalypse thing. Turner is the brother of just fired San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner, and lack of coaching ability runs in the family. Turner was previously offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears twice (1993-96) and (2005-2009). The Bears never won anything under his offenses.  He had previously been a head coach at San Jose State and Illinois. Turner led Illinois from 1997-2004 and took the Illini to a Big Ten title in 2001. Turner went just 4-19 over his final two years at Illinois before being fired and replaced by Ron Zook. And his first two Illini teams went 3-19. Which made him a lot like his Illini predecessor Lou Tepper, and his heir apparent, in having a career record well below .500 Florida International fired head coach Mario Cristobal after a 3-9 season in 2012. This is the same school that gave Isaiah Thomas a job after he wrecked the New York Knicks for years. FIU will pay Turner a base of $500,000; presumably to run a lot of fullback screen passes and have quarterbacks do elbow fakes; which is what Turner offenses do. Turner has spent the last eight seasons coaching in the NFL. After the Bears, Turner became the wide receivers coach for the Indianapolis Colts under Jim Caldwell and moved to quarterbacks coach in 2011. Turner then joined Greg Schiano’s staff in Tampa Bay as the Bucs QB coach. Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago Tribune.com, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports A Fulbright scholar, published author and MBA, Banks has appeared on live radio all over the world; he’s also a member of the Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. The President of the United States follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too.
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