Commanders fire OC Scott Turner

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Before the Commanders played their final game of the regular season, offensive coordinator Scott Turner was asked about the possibility that it would be his final game in the job.

Turner said he was prepared to coach the team and “whatever happens after this week you go with it.” Turner’s going to have to go with being out of a job.

According to multiple reports on Tuesday, Turner has been fired.

Turner spent the last three seasons running the offense in Washington and the team ran through eight different starting quarterbacks during his tenure. They were able to manage things well enough to make the playoffs in 2020, but missed the postseason the last two years and the lack of consistent quarterback play helped keep them in the bottom third of the league in points scored.

Washington will be on the hunt for another quarterback this offseason and now they’ll be looking for someone to run the offense at the same time.

59 responses to “Commanders fire OC Scott Turner

  1. Was it his choice to waffle so much on the QB position and give away capital for Wentz?

    I’m guessing not, and that is what has held back this team more than anything. No team gets great by being wishy-washy with QB, and few if any QBs become great in a setting where they are constantly getting shuffled around.

  2. It’s his fault that the org is so dysfunctional ?
    Should probably be relieved to get out that mess.

  3. Turner had moments of being a good coordinator but he seemed to be hell bent on stuffing players into his scheme rather than fitting the scheme to his players.

  4. Shanahan, Turner, Kiffin, the Belichicks (Steve and Brian), McVay…. all ‘nepo babies’ – daddy (or grandpa in McVay’s case) got them all fast-tracked into plum coaching jobs

  5. What’s attractive about the opening is three legit WRs, three legit RBs, and a head coach who will give you time.

    What’s not attractive is who knows how much time that head coach has, who knows about the potential sale, and who knows who the QB will be.

    I don’t see a lot of candidates wanting to walk into that uncertainty. They’ll probably promote from within. They’ll do a bunch of interviews and swear that QB coach Ken Zampese was their choice all along.

  6. Should of never had the job in the first place…nepotism hire…now nepotism fired.

  7. As a cowboy fan, I think the Commanders have a lot of talent, Rivera a good coach. Get a quarterback and Commanders are in the mix.

  8. Ding dong, the witch is dead! When you can have three different QB’s producing basically the same results, something is beyond them. One has to wonder if Turner had it in for Carson Yutz because suddenly the team abandoned the run and went pass heavy, while with Heinicke and Howl there was more balance (until Howl ran with the ball because he couldn’t read a defense and didn’t allow the play to develop).

    Great news!

  9. A better quarterback would have made all those reverses to Curtis Samuel work. SMH.

    Scott is a lousy play caller with zero feel for the game. Good riddance.

  10. Shouldn’t they have fired the guy that said Jan 6th was nothing more than a dust up?

  11. Ron Rivera has been a head coach for 12 years and has 3 winning seasons. Yes- its always someone else’s fault.

  12. kevpft says:

    January 10, 2023 at 4:35 pm

    Was it his choice to waffle so much on the QB position and give away capital for Wentz?

    I’m guessing not, and that is what has held back this team more than anything. No team gets great by being wishy-washy with QB, and few if any QBs become great in a setting where they are constantly getting shuffled around.

    ———–
    That’s not really accurate, the only time they waffled was with 2 weeks left in the season. Before the season and at the beginning of the yr it was unquestioned that Wentz was the starter until he got hurt. Once he got hurt and was on IR then they backed Heinike and continued to until 2 and 3 weeks left on the yr so the supposed qb waffling had 0 to do with his firing…Now the fact they were a pass heavy offense early in the yr with Wentz and couldnt get the run game going for a while is however a reason he was fired.

  13. Wow – talk about a fall guy! He has been asked to make chicken salad out of chicken s*** for three years now, and it’s HIS fault the team underperformed. Is HE responsible for not having a serviceable QB? Did HE trade for Wentz?

  14. briadams35 says:
    January 10, 2023 at 5:02 pm
    Snyder starts his owner firing a turner and hopefully ends it firing a turner.

    This.
    So much this.

  15. They had a contest and it was almost 2 whole years before they came up with Commanders. The whole thing just is terrible from top to bottom. If they at least kept “Football Team” it would be one good thing about them. I can really think of any others.

  16. Offense from a play calling and production standpoint was lacking this year….that is why Turner is out the door. Defense on the other hand top 10 in multiple categories.

  17. Ron Rivera somehow goes unscathed despite his very questionable decision making and terrible draft and FA signings like Carson Wentz

  18. For some reason, the NFL just can’t help themselves from hiring retreads and sons-of-retreads to be coaches. There have to be better candidates out there, if anyone would take scouting seriously. The minute the regular season ended teams began lining up to interview unsuccessful coaches. If your franchise is out of contention, maybe try Plan C, D or further down the alphabet than B.

  19. Once you heard the players complain about the offense and there was evidence he’d lost the locker room, you knew he was gone.

  20. They should put off drafting a QB until they see what Howell’s upside is. Unless one falls to them in the first round, which is doubtful. Cannot imagine that they can obtain a veteran QB, unless Dan Jones decides to leave NY(unlikely).

  21. The nepotism in the NFL is unreal. Why doesn’t the media give NFL teams a harder time about hiring coaches’ sons time and time again?

  22. Unless they fix the QB situation, whoever the OC is next year, nothing will change. It’s not the plays. It’s the players. Sean McVay wasn’t much of a genius this season. Sean Peyton was never a good OC without Drew Brees.

  23. Scott’s Father was a successful OC because he relied on the running game to open up the pass. Point in case: Emmitt Smith, all time rushing Leader. Troy Akiman riding his coattails will outside the hashes with Michael Irvin and the intermediate routes to Jay Novachek.

    That type of offense is almost extinct in the 21st Century. It’s the opposite the passing game now opens up the running game with play action.

  24. Skol Vikes says:
    January 10, 2023 at 6:10 pm
    They had a contest and it was almost 2 whole years before they came up with Commanders. The whole thing just is terrible from top to bottom. If they at least kept “Football Team” it would be one good thing about them. I can really think of any others.

    Why don’t you worry about going one and done next week instead of what’s going on in Washington?

  25. Can we finally stop pretending Ron Rivera is a good coach? Dude has 3 winning seasons and has never had back to back winning seasons in his career.

  26. chicagopacker says:
    January 10, 2023 at 4:40 pm
    Shanahan, Turner, Kiffin, the Belichicks (Steve and Brian), McVay…. all ‘nepo babies’ – daddy (or grandpa in McVay’s case) got them all fast-tracked into plum coaching jobs

    You might be right but I’d put Shanahan and McVay among the top coaches in the league.

  27. Buck Joe Fiden says:
    January 10, 2023 at 4:46 pm
    As a cowboy fan, I think the Commanders have a lot of talent, Rivera a good coach. Get a quarterback and Commanders are in the mix.
    ——————————————-
    Every Bronco fan said the same thing once. Rivera hasn’t coached a team to over a .500 record in over 5 seasons now.

  28. Rivera should be the one fired he was terrible this year and hasnt done anything with a team first rounders.

  29. If you were able to graft Turner’s brain onto Steelers OC Matt Canada’s brain, you MAY have the equivalent of one OCs brain. Canada deserves the same fate- quickly.

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