Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that former Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner has joined ex-Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh‘s staff at Stanford.
Biggs does not say what position Turner will fill. The Cardinal has a vacancy at quarterbacks coach, and David Shaw on staff as offensive coordinator.
Turner was previously on the watch list for the Giants’ quarterbacks coach job.
After the Turner-to-Giants rumor surfaced, we spoke to Bears club spokesman Jim Christman, who has maintained a relationship with Turner since the ex-offensive coordinator’s January firing. Christman hinted that Turner, despite a poor track record at Illinois and Chicago’s underachieving 2009 offense, was in play for jobs other than the Giants’.
At Stanford, Turner will oversee the development of promising rising sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck’s freshman-year numbers weren’t off the chart in the Cardinal’s run-first offense, but he has prototypical NFL size at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, intriguing athleticism, and what appears to be an NFL arm.