Ron Rivera has 'a plan' for Panthers offense, and it reportedly includes Norv Turner

The Carolina Panthers are in the market for a new offensive coordinator. On Tuesday morning, the Panthers fired Mike Shula, who had held the job since 2013. They also fired Ken Dorsey, who replaced Shula as quarterbacks coach when Shula was promoted to OC in 2013.

According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer and several subsequent reports, the Panthers' plan to chase Norv Turner to fill the opening

Rivera himself played it coy when asked about who he had in mind for the position. 

"I have a plan," he said, per the team's official website. "There's some ideas that I've sat down and talked to Marty Hurney about. We discussed and are going to work through this plan we have and going forward. I said the biggest idea is looking for somebody with a different perspective on how to get us where we want to be."

For what it's worth, Turner makes sense as a candidate because of his connections to Rivera. Prior to taking over with Carolina, Rivera worked as Turner's defensive coordinator in San Diego for three seasons and as the linebackers coach for a year. Turner has as much experience as anybody in football at calling offensive plays. 

However, there are some reasons to be skeptical that he is the right answer. First of all, he hasn't had that much success of late. 

Here's a look at where Turner's offenses (head-coaching years marked with a star) have ranked in yards gained, points scored, and Football Outsiders' offensive DVOA over the years. 

YEARTEAMYARDSPOINTSDVOA
1991DAL974
1992DAL422
1993DAL422
1994WAS*171324
1995WAS*181816
1996WAS*982
1997WAS*161514
1998WAS*151713
1999WAS*221
2000WAS*112412
2001SD111417
2002MIA151211
2003MIA241717
2004OAK*171814
2005OAK*212315
2006SF262423
2007SD*20514
2008SD*1123
2009SD*1044
2010SD*124
2011SD*665
2012SD*312024
2013CLE182726
2014MIN272022
2015MIN291616
2016MIN282326

As you can see, none of Turner's offenses have ranked inside the top 15 in yards, points, or DVOA in any of his last five seasons as a play-caller. In 26 years calling plays, his offenses ranked in the top 10 in yards eight times, points 10 times, and DVOA nine times. They ranked in the bottom 10 in yards, points, and DVOA five times each, most of those within the last five years. 

Turner could have learned some new tricks during his time away from the game (he resigned as Vikings OC in November 2016) and being able to use Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey, Greg Olsen, and Devin Funchess could reinvigorate his offense, but it's no sure thing that the Panthers would be getting the early-1990s Cowboys or mid-2000s Chargers

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Jared Dubin is a New York lawyer and writer. He joined CBSSports.com in 2014 and has since spent far too much of his time watching film and working in spreadsheets. Full Bio

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