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Bucs tab Ron Turner as Josh Freeman’s position coach


New Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano considered former Colts quarterbacks coach Ron Turner for Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator job early last month, but opted for Mike Sullivan. Schiano has still found a way to fit Turner onto his staff.

FOX Sports’ Alex Marvez reports that Turner will coach the Bucs’ quarterbacks.

Turner, 58, has five years of NFL experience as a quarterbacks coach, holding the role with the Bears from 1993 through 1996 while also coordinating Chicago’s offense. He was on the Colts’ staff for the last two seasons, coaching wide receivers in 2010 and quarterbacks in 2011.

In Tampa Bay, Turner will be tasked with overseeing the development of slumping, if still promising 24-year-old quarterback Josh Freeman. After an outstanding 2010 season, Freeman took major steps back in TD-to-INT ratio (16:22) and yards-per-attempt average (6.52) last year.

The Bucs’ record fell from 10-6 to 4-12.

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5 Responses to “Bucs tab Ron Turner as Josh Freeman’s position coach”
  1. big007hed says: Mar 4, 2012 7:46 PM

    Looks like a good hire… hopefully he can get Freeman back on track! Go Bucs

  2. bucforever says: Mar 4, 2012 7:51 PM

    So he never really got to work that close with Peyton. Maybe some of Peyton rubbed off on him anyway and he can pass it on to Josh. I think the Bucs have given him more to work with than he got in Indy last season.

  3. njbucsfan says: Mar 4, 2012 9:37 PM

    Hopefully it’s Manning that rubbed off and Collins or Painter.

  4. jenniferxxx says: Mar 5, 2012 4:30 AM

    Captain Checkdown gets a new coach. To be honest it has to help.

  5. randolph32 says: Mar 5, 2012 9:36 AM

    As long as Turner has nothing to do with calling plays this is probably a good hire.

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