Commanders seek ‘recent begin’ at OC, fire Scott Turner

ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Commanders fired offensive coordinator Scott Turner on Tuesday after yet one more disappointing season offensively.

Turner, who signed a three-year extension final offseason, had been with coach Ron Rivera for seven years, together with the previous three in Washington. He coached underneath Rivera for elements of 4 seasons with the Carolina Panthers as effectively.

The Commanders completed a 3rd consecutive season with poor offensive rankings. They have been twentieth in whole yards and twenty sixth in factors. Their greatest rankings in Turner’s three seasons have been twenty third in factors and twenty first in yards — each occurring final season.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t reside as much as the expectations and commonplace that I anticipated to see from our offensive unit,” Rivera stated in an announcement. “I felt it was greatest for a recent begin at the coordinator place going into subsequent 12 months. I’ve an amazing quantity of respect for Scott and thanked him for his three years of service to our group.”

Near the top, gamers and others within the group grumbled concerning the inconsistency of Washington’s offensive philosophy. There seemed to be a divide between Rivera’s imaginative and prescient for what he wished offensively — led by an influence run recreation — and Turner’s vertical passing assault. During their season-finale information convention, Rivera and common supervisor Martin Mayhew each emphasised the need to be extra of a bodily operating crew.

“We want to regulate that tempo of the sport,” Rivera stated.

It did not assist Washington’s offense that it misplaced rookie operating again Brian Robinson Jr. for the primary 4 video games of the season after he was shot twice in his proper leg in late August. The Commanders wished to characteristic him in a power-based run recreation. Once he was misplaced, they targeted extra on making an attempt to get the ball to their receivers — Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson and Curtis Samuel — with strong-armed Carson Wentz. After scoring 55 factors of their first two video games, they scored a mixed 47 within the subsequent 4.

Some gamers complained that it took too lengthy in some video games to get the ball to key playmakers akin to McLaurin. Or, some gamers stated, they’d get away from a system that was working in video games. Others stated they appreciated the offense however wished to see modifications in the way in which it was taught. It additionally was thought of a troublesome offense for quarterbacks to study, with maybe not as a lot flexibility in-built for them at the road of scrimmage.

There was concern all year long concerning the course of the offense. One supply stated Rivera sat in on extra offensive conferences this season to get a greater really feel for what was transpiring. One individual whose crew performed Washington this season stated the Commanders lacked an offensive id and easily known as a group of performs, resulting in some predictability.

Compounding the problem: Washington’s offensive line struggled, and it lacked stability at quarterback. In the previous three years, eight quarterbacks began, together with three this season — Wentz, Taylor Heinicke and rookie Sam Howell. Washington will seek to bolster its line this offseason, presumably with at least two new starters.

Rivera additionally spoke to gamers throughout their exit conferences, with some saying they gave him their ideas on the offense.

“I keep in mind all the pieces that I get,” Rivera stated, “not simply from gamers, however from coaches themselves, from what I look at what I observe on the sector on the tape.”

Turner served because the quarterbacks coach for the final two seasons of Rivera’s tenure in Carolina. He served as their interim offensive coordinator for the ultimate 4 video games of the 2019 season earlier than becoming a member of Rivera’s employees in Washington for 2020.

“We’ve had some moments the place it has been good. Obviously, some moments the place it has been unhealthy,” Turner stated final week. “For probably the most half I really feel like I’ve completed a fairly first rate job of it. There’s generally the place you’ve got gone too far by hook or by crook for certain.”

Rivera fired his defensive position coach, Sam Mills III, in August — the road had its greatest collective season in 2022.

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