Another massive hole has been filled in the Buccaneers coaching search. According to Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com, the Bucs have named former Bears offensive coordinator and University of Illinois head coach Ron Turner as Josh Freeman’s new guy.
The addition of Turner fills a big hole and dissolves a huge question mark. But As one question mark is gone, another appears and it’s asking is Ron Turner the right guy to coach up Freeman?
Turner’s past isn’t filled with glowing success. At Illinois, he became the only coach in the University’s one hundred years to lose eleven games in a single season. He had two winless teams with the Illini but he didn’t ride the team into the ground. He had a winning season in 2001 coaching the Illini to a Big Ten Championship and an appearance in the Sugar Bowl where they lost to LSU.
After his stint at Illinois, Turner stayed in-state becoming the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator. Again, Turner replicated his luke warm success rate with the Bears taking Rex Grossman and making him — Rex Grossman. However he did coach in the Bears 2005 Super Bowl season, albeit that was a shot a title created by defense.
After 4 years with the Bears Turner spent two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, first as the wide receivers coach and last year as the quarterbacks coach. This didn’t do much to aide his credibility as a quarterbacks guru as the Peyton Manning-less Colts had an abysmal season at the position.
Now Turner finds himself the coach of another young quarterback but for some reason the hopes are that the results will be the different.
Freeman is coming off an almost equally abysmal season by his standards and needs a real coach to teach him how to be an NFL quarterback. Apparently Ron Turner its that guy.
But here is hope. Turner took rookie quarterback Kyle Orton and gave him the tools to be a respectable quarterback in the NFL.
However, the hopes for Freeman is that he achieves a status that’s a little higher then just respectable. There is no saying that Turner can’t be that guy, but the evidence in favor of it just isn’t stacked as high as you would think.
I’m not jumping off the Ron Turner fan wagon before the varnish dries on the wood, but Kyle Orton and Kurt Kittner aren’t resounding reasons to jump on blindly.