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 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.